Session - 26 November 2020
The connections between China and the African continent are a rapidly growing area of study in Southern Africa. This growth is reflected in the increasing studies of links between the cultural production of these disparate, yet connected, geographic regions. Southern Africa has historical and contemporary ties to Chinese material culture, and a long history of Chinese migrants connecting these countries. This panel explores the ancient material culture of China present in Southern Africa considering both the archaeological discovery of longquan greenware龙泉青瓷 at Southern Africa’s Iron Age sites and the presence of Han dynasty míngqì 明器burial sculptures in South African museums. Private collectors are also a focus on the panel with one paper looking at a private collection of early Chinese art; and another on the collecting practices of a group of prominent 南非华人Chinese South African art collectors.