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Gender and Material Culture: The Female Artisan Gu Erniang and the Craft of Inkstone-Making in Early Modern China

Lecture by Dorothy Ko, Colombia University

While we celebrate the sumptuous material culture of Chinese empires–the terra cotta soldiers, the silk brocades, or the blue-and-white porcelains–we know almost nothing about the artisans who made them. In this talk, we present a new view of Chinese history and society by retrieving the career of Gu Erniang (fl. 1700- 1722), an extraordinary woman who was one of the most famous and innovative inkstone carvers of her time.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
3:00 pm
Ford Lecture Hall, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Dorothy Ko is a native of Hong Kong. Her latest book, The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China, will be published in Dec. 2016.

Presented by the UO Confucius Institute for Global China Studies and cosponsored by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Art History.

Dorothy Ko