SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Ms Chun-I Lin

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Ms Chun-I Lin
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Thesis title:
Ceramic Tomb Figurines in the Chang’an Area from the 4th to the 7th Century: A Critical Study of Classification, Origins and Functions
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PhD Research

This thesis investigates the development of tomb figurines in the Chang’an area from the 4th to the 7th century in a design network subject to the forces of cultural transmission. In examining this knowledge gap in the field of figurine studies, the research aims to reveal the cultural exchanges between Chang’an and other areas and their impact through archaeological materials and to reconsider the interactions among different types of art and artefacts.


  • 2019. ‘Phoenix-type motifs from the 8th to 12th century’, abstract accepted and paper will be presented in the session ‘Cultural transmission in material culture: adaption and localisation in Medieval China, Japan and Java (8th – 12th centuries)’at the ICAS conference, University of Leiden, The Netherlands, 15-19 July 2019
  • 2019. ‘Transmission and Recreation: The journey of huping (foreign ewer) on the Silk Road from the 6th to 8th century’, paper presented at the session ‘Transculturation between Medieval China and Central Asia: Politics and Communications Represented through the Adapted Mediums of Artefacts, Images, and Humans’ at the AAS conference, University of Denver, The USA, 21-24 March 2019
  • 2018. ‘The Development of the Ornaments on Ceramics from Northern Qi to Tang China’, paper presented at the ‘Tracing the Evidence in Time and Space: The Travels of Transcultural Imagery in Medieval China and Asia (4th – 12th Centuries)’at the AASA conference, University of Ashoka, India, 5-8 July 2018
  • 2017. ‘Evolution, Adaptation, or Innovation: The Emergence of Shuang-long-bing-hu 雙龍柄壺 in Tang China’, paper presented at the EAAA conference, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 24-27 August 2017.


  • Silk Road Art and Archaeology
  • Chinese Ceramics
  • Funerary Art and Buddhist Art