Department of Art and Art History Calendar

Art History Lecture Series presents John Johnston

Tengwang Ge: A Case Study of Specific Sites Appearing on Chinese Ceramics in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

ceramic vase

Tengwang Ge, or the “Pavilion of Prince Teng”, is located in Nanchang, Jiangxi province. The pavilion is famous for a gathering held at the site in the seventh century that was immortalized by the Tang poet Wang Bo (ca. 649-676). Tengwang Ge appears as a decorative motif in ceramics in the first decades of the Kangxi period (1662-1722). This lecture explores the appearance of Tengwang Ge imagery on ceramics in the Qing dynasty and suggests a relationship between domestic and export motifs.

Johnston is the Coates-Cowden-Brown Curator of Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.