6th Forbes symposium: Research on early Chinese lacquer Buddhas

Sunday, 25 March, 2018 to Monday, 26 March, 2018
Sunday, 18 March, 2018
Washington DC

The Sixth Forbes Symposium on Scientific Research in the Field of Asian Art will be held at the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, in the Meyer Auditorium on March 25th and 26th, 2018. The theme for the symposium will be: Research on early Chinese lacquer Buddhas.

The program for the symposium is below. For those interested in attending the symposium, there will be no fee but registration is necessary. Space is limited. Pre-conference registration is available until March 18th 2018 at:


Questions regarding the symposium may be sent to: dcsr@si.edu


1. J. Chang, PhD Candidate, University College of London, London UK
Chinese texts on the fabrication of dry lacquer sculpture

2. A. Jing, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
Anige and Liu Yuan at Yuan Court

3. D. Leidy, Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art, Yale University, New Haven CT
Lacquer and Buddhist Sculpture in East Asia, Sixth-Eighth Century

4. S. Mai, Curator, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo JP
The style and techniques of dry lacker sculptures in Japan : the latest scientific report about the Seated Senju Kannon Bosatsu (National Treasure) of Fujiidera

5. B. McCarthy, Andrew W. Mellon Senior Scientist, The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington DC
Lacquer Analysis of four Buddha figures

6. C. Reedy, Professor, University of Delaware, Newark DE
Body Relics in Tibetan and Mongolian Traditions

7. J. Ritzinger, Assistant Professor, University of Miami, Miami FL
Lacquered Bodies: Relic and Image

8. M. R. Schilling, Scientist, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles CA
Reflections on ten years of lacquer research at the Getty

9. D. Strahan, Head of Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, The Freer Gallery of Art
Exploring the Techniques of Early Chinese Lacquer Buddhas