Symposium: A Silk Road saga

    • 	Image: Panel 5 of Yu Hong’s sarcophagus (detail), Sui dynasty (581–618), Shanxi Museum
    • Reconsidering cultural interactions on the famed trade route

      Lecture / symposium

The discovery of the tomb of Yu Hong (533/34–92) in Taiyuan, Shanxi province in 1999 has demanded a fresh interpretation of the cultural interaction that occurred between China and the West due to the travel and trade along the Silk Road. While sharing a structure similar to many other tombs of the second half of the 6th century in north-central China, the carved and painted artwork on the marble sarcophagus of Yu Hong and his wife surprisingly shows no trace of Chinese motifs. The scenes of hunting, feasting, musical performance and domestic life owe more to Persian and Buddhist iconography.

The symposium provides fascinating background to the cultural intermingling along the Silk Road which gave rise to the golden age of ancient Chinese civilisation in the Tang dynasty.

*The lectures marked with an asterisk will be presented in Chinese with English translation.

Coffee and registration

Dr Michael Brand, director, Art Gallery of NSW

The ‘Silk Roads’: melting pot of history
Edmund Capon, former director, Art Gallery of NSW

Huteng and huxuan: dances from the Silk Road introduced to China from the 6th to 10th centuries *
Professor Zhang Qingjie, director, Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology

Lunch and exhibition viewing

Glass and gold: the impact of cultural artefacts from the West on China *
Professor Qi Dongfang, School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University

Two gods under the same roof: Zoroastrian and Buddhist representations on Yu Hong’s sarcophagus
Yin Cao, curator of Chinese art, Art Gallery of NSW

Concluding remarks
Professor David SG Goodman, FASSA, academic director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Join the speakers for a glass of wine

Supported by University of Sydney and Confucius Institute

Saturday 24 August 2013, 10am

$55 non-member
$40 member
$25 student

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878


Duration 7 hours
Location: Domain Theatre

Related exhibition: A Silk Road saga

Related galleries: Asian galleries

University of Sydney Confucius Institute

Image: Panel 5 of Yu Hong’s sarcophagus (detail), Sui dynasty (581–618), Shanxi Museum