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A Public Lecture by Leading Scholar of Ancient Chinese Culture, Professor Li Ling (李零)

International Animals: Images of Lion and Tiger in Chinese Archaeological Findings

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Bunche Hall 10367

This talk is part of the “China Beyond the Headlines” lecture series, generously supported by Mr. Stephen Lesser.

Based on archaeological evidence, Li Ling traces the images of lion and tiger in Chinese arts to Iranian culture. He first mapped the distributions of tiger and lion in Iranian arts, and moved to examine three different names of lion in Chinese arts and literature when the image of lion was imported from Iran to China. He then analyzed the various artistic expressions of lion and tiger in Chinese arts and conclude with the implication that Qin-Han Empire and Persian Empire are more comparable than Qin-Han Empire and Roman Empire.

Prof. Li Ling will speak in Chinese with English interpretation by Professor Lothar von Falkenhausen. 

Li Ling (李零) is a Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature and Director of the Center for Chinese Thought and Culture Studies at Peking University.  He earned his M.A. in the Department of Archaeology, Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Science in 1982, training in bronze inscriptions and engaged in the excavations at Xigaoquan site and Fengxi site, Shaanxi.   His research interests include archaeology, bronze inscriptions, ancient texts on bamboo and silk, art history, thought history, and historical geography; he has published a number of books and numerous research articles, including the following influential books (all published in Chinese):



Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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