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The Shoso-in: Imperial aesthetics and art handling in 8th century Japan

Wednesday, September 05, 2007 |6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

  • For Adults

6:30-7:30 pm, DIA Auditorium

Dr. Marshall Wu
Former Senior Curator of Asian Art, The University of Michigan Museum of Art

In the ancient Japanese capital, Nara, a log cabin on stilts—the Shoso-in—was built to house Emperor Shomo's (r.724-748) collection of art from Persia, India, China, Korea, Southeast Asia and Japan. Noted scholar of Asian art, Dr. Marshall Wu discusses how this collection reflected the elegance of court life in Nara during this period, as well as attitudes toward and the handling of the Shoso-in treasure itself.  

A note on the speaker:
Dr. Marshall Wu was born in the People’s Republic of China. With more than fifty years of experience in the field of Asian art, he has worked at the Thomas Burke State Museum, Seattle, the National Palace Museum, Taipei, the Honolulu Academy of Fine Arts, Honolulu and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). He is the author of numerous articles on Asian art in English and Chinese, and his catalogue and exhibition, "The Orchid Pavilion Gathering, Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum of Art" serves as an importance resource and point of reference for students of Asian art.