(Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University)
“What Do Pictures Want in Tombs? Mawangdui Once More”
Jan.9, Friday, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Pictures are meant to be seen. What is the point of placing them in the dark space of sealed tombs when no one could see them? The speculation that they are intended for the dead to see does not quite hold up. Based on a close analysis of the paintings found in the 2nd century BCE tombs at Mawangdui in south China, Professor Wang will offer his theory about what pictures do or want in tombs.