Praying for Noble Sons

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Detail of Jjianjing boys jar, courtesy of Rosemary Scott.

Praying for Noble Sons

A Free Lecture by Dr Rosemary Scott

In traditional China the desire for children permeated all strata of society – from farmers, who needed sons to help them work the land, to emperors who needed sons to perpetuate dynasties. The wish for children was reflected in both the second- and third-dimensional arts from at least as early as the Tang dynasty.

This lecture will examine the way in which depictions of children developed over time, and how, especially in the Ming and Qing dynasties, additional themes and meanings came to be incorporated therein, particularly in ceramics.


Dr Rosemary Scott

Our speaker, Rosemary Scott, is a former Curator of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and today works as an independent academic consultant. She is well known for her work at Christie’s and many articles and publications including the highly regarded For the Imperial Court: Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (1997).


HOW TO BOOK: Please RSVP to Margaret White by Nov 5

Registered participants will be sent the Zoom link a day or two prior the lecture.



9 November, 2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
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