Middlebury College Museum of Art

Tuesday, March 10

Ancient Asian Gold Technology

Illustrated Lecture
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Mahaney Arts Center, Room 125

Donna Strahan


Unique among Asian art materials, gold is both a color and an artistic medium. Donna Strahan, Head of Conservation and Scientific Research at the Freer|Sackler Galleries of Art, Smithsonian Institution, investigates materials and methods of manufacture of Asian gold objects.

Cicada plaque, 3rd-4th century CE, gold
Cicada plaque, 3rd-4th century CE, gold with turquoise, coral, and glass inlay on a gilt copper back plate. The Dr. Paul Singer Collection of Chinese Art, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., RLS1997.48.4455. X-radiograph, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution.