Title: King of the Fanglei: A Bronze from the Shang Dynasty

Speaker: Oi Ling Chiang

Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2017

Time: 7pm

Language: English

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Oi Ling Chiang, founder of Oi Ling Antiques gallery and the Chinese Cultural Studies Centre, will be joining us this August to reveal the story behind "The King of the Fanglei", an imposing bronze from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1000BC). This square-shaped wine vessel - comprised of a body and lid - was found in 1922. Through an unfortunate sequence of events, the body then disappeared while the lid went to the Hunan Museum. 70 years later, the body was rediscovered in Japan. Negotiations were conducted to reunite the two but fell through and the body alone was auctioned by Christie's in 2001. This past March, the body of the Fanglei came up for auction again, reigniting the argument and debate on how to reunite the two halves again.

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