Symposium on Chinese Bronzes - Glasgow

Burrell's Bronzes Under the Spotlight

11:00 - 18:00, Friday 2 November 2018

Riverside Museum, Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Chinese bronzes were a significant area for the collecting of Sir William Burrell (1861-1958). He was passionate about spectacular objects with inscriptions from the Shang and the Zhou dynasties (c.a. 1200 to 200 BC). The Burrell has more than 170 Chinese ancient bronzes, many of exceptional quality.

This symposium will explore the meaning of inscriptions cast on ritual bronzes and their significance for cultural memory. It coincides with a visit to Glasgow Museums of a project team for ancient Chinese bronzes from Shanghai Museum. Shanghai Museum has an endowment from the National Social Science Fund of China to catalogue all bronzes held in UK collections.

The symposium will conclude with a public lecture: "Ritual Bronze Vessels and Cultural Memory in Ancient and Modern China" by Dr Maria Khayutina of the University of Munich.

This is a free event but booking is essential. Contact:

This event is hosted by Glasgow Museums and supported by the Confucius Institute, University of Glasgow.