14 January 2016

CUHK Hosts Public Seminar on Gold Working Techniques of Ancient China



A public seminar ‘Gold Working Techniques of Ancient China’ was held today (14 January) on The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) campus. Co-organized by the Art Museum of CUHK, Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, the event featured three key speakers including Mr. Max Lam, Creative Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, Dr. Yang Junchang, Researcher of Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, and Prof. Xu Xiaodong, Associate Director of the Art Museum. 

Gold is universally valued as a symbol of wealth and status. It is also one of the few precious metals that has been exploited and utilized by mankind down the ages. However, the techniques of ancient Chinese gold working still remain unclear to us. This public seminar aimed to collaboratively present an interdisciplinary research on the techniques of ancient Chinese gold working through the perspectives of art history, scientific examination, as well as goldsmith practices.

(From left) Prof. XU Xiaodong, Associate Director, Art Museum, CUHK; Mr. Max Lam, Creative Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited; Prof. Han Rubin, Former Director of Institute of History of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Science and Technology; Mr. Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Prof. Qi Dongfang, Professor of School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University; Prof. Chi Jo Hsin, Visiting Scholar, Art Museum, CUHK; and Dr. Yang Junchang, Researcher of Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Beijing.
(From left) Prof. XU Xiaodong, Associate Director, Art Museum, CUHK; Mr. Max Lam, Creative Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited; Prof. Han Rubin, Former Director of Institute of History of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Science and Technology; Mr. Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Prof. Qi Dongfang, Professor of School of Archaeology and Museology, Peking University; Prof. Chi Jo Hsin, Visiting Scholar, Art Museum, CUHK; and Dr. Yang Junchang, Researcher of Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Beijing.

Speech by Mr. Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.
Speech by Mr. Peter Suen, Executive Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group.

Mr. Max Lam, Creative Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited delivers a speech.
Mr. Max Lam, Creative Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited delivers a speech.

Dr. Yang Junchang, Researcher of Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage delivers a speech.
Dr. Yang Junchang, Researcher of Shaanxi Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage delivers a speech.

Prof. XU Xiaodong, Associate Director, Art Museum, CUHK delivers a speech.
Prof. XU Xiaodong, Associate Director, Art Museum, CUHK delivers a speech.

Demonstration of Gold Working Techniques.
Demonstration of Gold Working Techniques.

Demonstration of Gold Working Techniques.
Demonstration of Gold Working Techniques.

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圖片採自湖北省文物考古研究所編著《梁莊王墓》,北京:文物出版社 2007 年
累絲金鳳,明,通長 24、鳳體長 8.9、高 9、厚 1.9 厘米,重 94.6 克,湖北鐘祥梁莊王墓出土
圖片採自湖北省文物考古研究所編著《梁莊王墓》,北京:文物出版社 2007 年

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鎏金雙獅紋銀盒,唐,高 5.6、口徑12.9 厘米,重 425 克,陝西何家村出土
圖片採自齊東方、申秦雁主編《花舞大唐春:何家村遺寶精粹》,北京:文物出版社 2003 年

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