The Emperor's Silver

Start: Feb 21, 2013 05:30 PM

Location: Room 612, Institute of Archaeology

Early Chinese silverware

Lukas Nickel (SOAS) will give the first International Centre for Chinese Heritage and Archaeology (ICCHA) China Night Lecture of Term II, 2012/13 at the Institute on 21 February.

Lukas' lecture is entitiled 'The Emperor's Silver: Achaemenid Designs on Early Chinese Silverware' and all are welcome!


In Ancient China, silver played a less important role than in most other premodern societies. The preferred metal for the production of vessels and ornaments was bronze. Only from the 3rd century BC onwards, silver became more widely used. Among early silver vessels, some were fashioned following traditional Chinese shapes, while others reflected Western Asian shapes and decoration. This talk will investigate silver vessels recovered from Chinese tombs of the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC that follow Achaemenid prototypes and discuss what the objects reveal about cross-Asian contacts during the formation process of China’s first empire.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in Staff Common Room.  China Night events are free and open to the public (booking is not required unless otherwise stated).

Any enquiries about China Night events may be directed to the ICCHA Administrator.