Saturday, 15 December 2012

Money along the Silk Road

Monday 7 January 2013  
University of Leiden
Venue: to be announced     
Time: 12.00-13.00

Lecture "Money along the Silk Road" by dr. Helen Wang

Curator of East Asian MoneyCoins and banknotes of East Asia, seventh century BC to the presentDepartment: Coins and Medals

Helen Wang looks after the Museum’s collection of East Asian coins and banknotes. Her special interests include the archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943), his extensive collections, the Silk Road and the use of textiles as money.
She has also published other lesser known aspects of the British Museum’s East Asian money collection: for example, Chinese secret society money and membership certificates; the logistics of transporting copper for coinage in nineteenth century China; paper money design in Shanghai in the 1900s; bronze token money of Jiangsu province in the 1930s; images of Mao Zedong on Chinese money in the twentieth century.

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Current projects

  • Working with specialists on the subject of textiles as money on the Silk Road.
  • Editing a collection of papers relating to the machine-struck coinage of China.

External fellowships/ honorary positions

  • Hon. Secretary, Royal Numismatic Society

Recent publications

Zhao Feng, Helen Wang, Helen Persson, Frances Wood, Wang Le and Xu Zheng (eds), Textiles from Dunhuang in UK Collections (Shanghai: Donghua University Press, 2007). Published in two separate Chinese and English editions. Chinese edition:《敦煌絲綢藝術全集:英藏卷》, 上海东华大学出版社, 2007 年.


Kashgar Gudie said...

archaeologist Sir Aurel Stein is a respeced name on the ancient Silk Road China. I read from many reputable history books that he has collected some really valuable evidences from Xinjiang part of Silk Road back in those days. It would be really interesting to be able to see some of his collection.

T. D'Haeseleer said...

Location is now confirmed: Lipsius Building room 228 (WSD complex, Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden)