Volume 41 – Number 3
Shamanic Images in Shang and Early Western Zhou Art
'Telling Images of China' from the Shanghai Museum
(Photography by Stanislaw Klimek)
Our main features in this issue offer fresh perspectives on aspects of Himalayan and Chinese art. Gudrun Bühnemann reappraises the Golden Window in Patan, Nepal and identifies the deities depicted, as well as shedding light on its date of construction. Guntram Hazod revisits early documentation of the history of Lhasa's famous Shöl stele and presents findings from field research in late 2008 that suggest its origin in the valley of Tri. Christian Schicklgruber leads us on a tour of Bhutan's 17th century Trongsa Ta Dzong, expertly restored as a temple/museum. Alice S. Kandell talks about her collection of Tibetan sacred art, on public display for the first time, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Rubin Museum of Art.
Starting with a tiny Shang period pottery sherd, Sarah Allan examines the development of shamanic imagery on Shang and early Western Zhou jades and bronzes. Only the second loan exhibition from China to Ireland since 1974, 'Telling Images of China: Narrative and Figure Paintings, 15th-20th Century, from the Shanghai Museum' is on show at the Chester Beatty library in Dublin. Ling Lizhong, the exhibition's co-curator, discusses the exhibition concept and his own new research.
Other features include Amy Poster's tributes to two distinguished collectors, an interview with François Curiel, the new President, Asia at Christie's and a review of autumn auctions in France. In our commentary, Alonzo Emery draws a comparison between Indian and Chinese contemporary art.