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ONLINE: Burial Goods of Two Empresses from the Ding Mausoleum of the Ming Wanli period (1573–1620)

Heinz Götze Special Lecture on Chinese Art History

Dr. Yu-ping Luk, Basil Gray Curator in the Department of Asia, The British Museum, 10th Distinguished Heinz Götze Visiting Professor

Located on the outskirts of Beijing, the Ding Mausoleum is the resting place of the Wanli emperor (r. 1573–1620), Empress Xiaoduan (1564–1620) and Empress Xiaojing (1565–1611). The spectacular finds from this tomb are often seen as treasures that show the luxurious lifestyle of Ming emperors and empresses. This talk, however, examines the burial goods specifically in relation to the lives of Xiaoduan and Xiaojing – two women who had very different careers at the imperial court. A comparison reveals how sumptuary laws were applied in practice and how the ranking of imperial women was distinguished in material terms in the late Ming dynasty. This talk further highlights unexpected finds from the tomb and connects them to the problematic status of Xiaojing in life and in death.

Luk Yu-ping is the Basil Gray Curator: Chinese Paintings, Prints and Central Asian Collections in the Department of Asia, The British Museum. Previously she was a Curator (China) at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Project Curator of the exhibition "Ming: 50 years that changed China" at the British Museum, Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and Assistant Curator at the University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong. She has published on the arts of empresses in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Currently, she is part of a curatorial team working on a forthcoming Silk Roads exhibition at the British Museum.

This lecture is part of events offered by the Heinz Götze Visiting Professorship in Chinese Art at Heidelberg University, which was founded in 2011 in honor of Prof. e.h. Dr. med. h.c Heinz Götze (1912-2001). Program information available: https://www.zo.uni-heidelberg.de/iko/institute/guests/goetze_en.html

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