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Asia Society’s Exhibition Symposium—Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia at Columbia University

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Keynote Address at Asia Society: Friday, April 21, 6:30-9:00 pm

Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.

Followed by a reception and a viewing of the Asia Society exhibition Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia.

For more information and to register for the keynote, see Event Details.

Symposium at Columbia University: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (Registration and coffee at 9:30 am)

Speakers and moderators for the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University Symposium include:

Bryan Averbuch, CUNY
Dora Ching, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University (moderator)
John Guy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)
François Louis, Bard Graduate Center
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum, New York (moderator)
Liu Yang, The Minneapolis Institute of Art

The symposium takes place at Columbia University in The World Room at Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall). Enter the campus at W. 116 and Broadway.

To register for the symposium on Saturday email: by April 17.

Co-organized by Asia Society and the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University. — Asia Society


Square-lobed dish with insects, flowers, knotted ribbons, and swastika (wan, “10,000”). China. Tang dynasty, ca. 825–50. Gold. H. 1 1/4 x W. 6 x D. 4 in. (3.5 x 15.5 x 10 cm). Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore, 2005.1.00922. Photography by Asian Civilisations Museum, Tang Shipwreck Collection


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