April 30 – May 1, 2005
Recarving China's Past

The Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the “Wu Family Shrines”

Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum in memory of Frederick W. Mote. Co-sponsored in part by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the East Asian Studies Program and the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University; with the support of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh, the History Department and the East Asian Library at the University of California at Berkeley.

This two-day international symposium will explore the architecture, artistic illustration, and material culture of the Han dynasty of China, 206 BCE–220 CE and accompanies the major exhibition of the same title at the Princeton University Art Museum. Focusing on a set of pictorial wall carvings that are commonly recognized as mid-second-century funerary structures belonging to the Wu family cemetery of the Han dynasty, the symposium will raise significant questions about how the Wu family shrine has been identified and understood by scholars in the past and how our understanding of Han art, architecture, history, and culture may require reevaluation.


Qianshen Bai

Associate professor of Asian art history, Boston University

Anthony Barbieri-Low

Assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh

Miranda Brown

Assistant professor, University of Michigan

Susan Erickson

Associate professor of Chinese art history, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Wen C. Fong

Professor emeritus, Princeton University

Hsing I-tien

Research fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Eileen Hsu

Research associate, Princeton University Art Museum

Jiang Yingju

Director emeritus, Shandong Stone Inscriptions Art Museum, Ji’nan

Cary Liu

Curator of Asian art, Princeton University Art Museum

Michael Loewe

Professor emeritus, Cambridge University

Huiwen Lu

Assistant professor, National Tsing-hua University, Taiwan

Michael Nylan

Professor of history, University of California at Berkeley

Lydia Thompson

Independent scholar

Lillian Lan-ying Tseng

Assistant professor of Chinese art history, Yale University

Klaas Ruitenbeek

Louise Hawley Stone Chair of Far Eastern Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto

Wu Hung

Professor of Chinese art history, University of Chicago

Zheng Yan

Professor, Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing