The beauty of Chinese ceramics is renowned throughout the world. Among the wide variety of decorative schemes found on Chinese ceramics, poetry plays an important part. Lines of poems sometimes relate to images; sometimes they are featured on their own. They appear, for instance, on Tang-dynasty Changsha wares, Song-dynasty Cizhou pieces, later blue-and-white and enamelled porcelains and Yixing teapots. They may even be inscribed onto antique pieces by avid collectors. This talk looks at some examples of Chinese ceramics with poetic inscriptions and explores how ceramics work as a surface for the appreciation of poetry, and how poems in turn enhance the richness of the ceramics on which they are written.
About The Lecturer
Luk Yu-ping is Curator of Chinese Collections in the Asian Department of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Previously she was Project Curator of the exhibition Ming: 50 Years that Changed China at the British Museum and Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Her book, The Empress and the Heavenly Masters: A Study of the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493), was published by the Chinese University Press in early 2016.
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