During the first three decades of the 20th century, tens of thousands of artifacts and manuscripts were taken out of China by Western archaeologists and collectors. Why did no one in China stop them from removing what are now considered priceless treasures?
In this talk, Justin Jacobs will draw upon the research for his new book, The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures (University of Chicago Press, 2020), to highlight the ways in which Chinese people interacted with Western archaeologists, what they knew and when, and why they even lent their eager assistance to the removal of these objects.
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OTHER LECTURES IN THIS SERIES
SAT NOV 13
Saturday University: Literary Plunder
SAT JAN 8
Saturday University: Archaeology of the Spice Trade
This program is currently offered on a pay-what-you-want basis, to keep it accessible for all. Normally, tickets are $7 for SAM members, $12 for public. Any amount you donate helps the museum continue its programming.
Photo: Courtesy of University of Chicago Press.