Art Study Center Seminar at Home: Chinese Gold from the Winthrop Collection


Friday, December 4, 2020, 11:00am to 12:00pm



Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in a new online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

When Grenville Lindall Winthrop left his extensive collection to the Fogg Art Museum in 1943, it contained three gold plaques dating to China’s Warring States period (475–221 BCE). Never displayed to the public, the plaques remained a mystery until recent excavations and archival records shed new light on their origins. In this seminar, curator Sarah Laursen investigates the decoration and function of the gold plaques, as well as the story of how they reached the Harvard Art Museums.

Led by:
Sarah Laursen, Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

This virtual seminar will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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