Ancient Chinese Shards in the Post-war West: Science and Art Perspective

By Meili Yang.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The article investigates scientific techniques as they are applied to ancient Chinese shards’ research in terms of the case study of Southern Song (AD 1127-1279) Guan (Imperial) shards in an early stage in the West, to review how the science aided art history study, how it enriched knowledge related to ancient Chinese porcelain and art works. It is apparent that in addition to considerable effort spent on aiding authentication of museum collections, some understandable information coming from scientific analytical results had been combined into the knowledge system of art history or cultural history in post-war publication related to ancient Chinese ceramics.

Keywords: Science, Art, Shard, Porcelain, China

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.15-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 7.372MB).

Prof. Meili Yang

Researcher and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

She teaches ‘Science and Art’ and ‘Chinese Art History’ in Taiwan. Her interest is in applying scientific techniques to explore ancient materials and technology related to Chinese artworks or archaeological artifacts, especially ceramics and jade. Her current focus is exploring the influence of science on art history study through case studies of Chinese collection in the West.


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