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Virtual Discussion “Quest for Gold: Chinese Artifacts from Hepu to Houston”


Chinese, Bottle and Stand, 1736–98, ceramic with gold filigree, turquoise, and lapis lazuli

Chinese, Bottle and Stand, 1736–98, ceramic with gold filigree, turquoise, and lapis lazuli, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, bequest of Charlene Quitter Thompson.

“Quest for Gold: Chinese Artifacts from Hepu to Houston”
Join the conversation! Tune in for a discussion about gold artworks from ancient China and beyond. This talk features curators from the MFAH department of Asian art and special guest speaker Sarah Laursen, the Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art at Harvard Art Museums.

• Live via Zoom
Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time

In this free, livestreamed event, discover broad perspectives on gold’s craftsmanship and use in the ancient world, as well as its study, collection, and display in the West. Laursen shares insights from her extensive scholarship about ancient gold. Before joining the Harvard Art Museums, she curated the 2020 exhibition Lost Luxuries: Ancient Chinese Gold for the Middlebury College Museum of Art in Vermont.


Learning and Interpretation programs receive generous funding from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation; Institute of Museum and Library Services; H-E-B; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; Sharon G. Dies; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and additional generous donors.