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Saturday University: The Compensations of Plunder

Dec 11 2021

Seattle Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

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During the first three decades of the 20th century, tens of thousands of artifacts and manuscripts were taken out of China by Western archaeologists and collectors. Why did no one in China stop them from removing what are now considered priceless treasures?

In this talk, Justin Jacobs will draw upon the research for his new book, The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures (University of Chicago Press, 2020), to highlight the ways in which Chinese people interacted with Western archaeologists, what they knew and when, and why they even lent their eager assistance to the removal of these objects.

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This program is currently offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, to keep it accessible for all. Normally, tickets are $7 for SAM members, $12 for public. Any amount you donate helps the museum continue its programming.
Saturday University lectures are organized by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas in collaboration with the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
Photo: Courtesy of University of Chicago Press.

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