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Dr. WANG Guanyu

Associate Curator (Antiquities)
Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Fellowship Project

Dr. Wang Guanyu spent five months at the Museum of Mosteiro Santa Clara-a-Velha in Coimbra, Portugal, where she conducted research on Chinese ceramics excavated from the monastery, and curated the special exhibition, “Memory of the Golden Age: Chinese Porcelains of 16th Century in the Old Monastery of Santa Clara”.


Dr. Wang Guanyu joined the Art Museum at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2016, specialising in Chinese ceramics with a focus on early modern globalization and Chinese archaeology. She leads and participates in the research, exhibition and development of the museum’s collection, as well as projects on loans from other collections.

Recent Development and Achievement

    In 2019, Dr. Wang Guanyu joined the newly inaugurated Research Programme for Chinese Archaeology and Art (RPCAA), which aims to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration in fields of history, archaeology, art, and materials science under the auspices of the Art Museum. She is currently working on three research projects:

    • Exhibition project, “Chinese porcelains across the globe”, scheduled to open in October 2021 with a focus on the exchange of material culture and cultural interactions in the context of early globalization. It features a remarkable part of the Art Museum collection of ceramics – Chinese export porcelains donated by Professor Cheng Te-k’un.
    • RPCAA Research project, “Archaeological Research on Ceramic Sherds from the Art Museum Collection” (from 2020), which aims to systematically research and publish over 3,600 pieces of ceramic sherds housed by the Art Museum, to maximize their value in serving as specimens for teaching purposes. By recruiting students from different departments of the university to join the research, the project offers a valuable opportunity for students to learn about Chinese art history through actual objects and get practical skills on handling and observing art.
    • GRF project, “Ming Princes and Porcelain: The Porcelain Production and Consumption of Princely Households in the Ming Dynasty” which examines porcelain wares associated with Ming’s princes (藩王) in totality and compare them with the latest archaeological findings from kiln sites and pieces in local and overseas collections. The project aims to establish an overall picture of the porcelain consumption of princely households.

Selected Publication(s)

  • Wang, G. (Forthcoming). Portuguese Approaching to the East and the Transformation of Chinese Export Ceramics: An Observation Regarding the Middle East and Europe. Studies of Maritime History, 17.
  • Wang, G. (2021). Filling The Interregnum: Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Porcelain of the Ming Dynasty in Hong Kong Collections. Hong Kong: Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Wang, G. (2019). The Archaeology of Asia-Pacific Navigation 2. In C. Wu, R. J. Sanchez, & M. Liu (Eds.), Archaeology of Manila Galleon Seaports and Early Maritime Globalization (pp. 93-113). Springer.
  • Wang, G., & Jiang, J. (2019). Refilling the Interregnum: Newly Discovered Imperial Porcelains from Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Reigns (1436-1464) of the Ming Dynasty. Hong Kong: Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Wang, G., & Ng, R. C. L. (forthcoming). Longquan wares discovered in the Scared Hill Stie, Kowloon, Hong Kong. In Proceedings of the International Symposium on Longquan of the World: Longquan Celadon and Globalization. Hangzhou: Zhejiang Provincial Museum and Zhejiang People’s Fine Arts Publishing House.
  • Wang, G. (2018). Zhangzhou Wares in the Collection of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. In The Maritime Silk Road: Proceedings of the International Symposium of the Dongxi Kilns (pp. 208-221). The Straits Publishing and Distributing Group.
  • Wang, G. (2018). Rewriting the History of Chinese Ceramics of the Zhengtong, Jingtai and Tianshun Reigns of the Ming Dynasty: Exhibition Review on the series, ‘Filling the Interregnum’. Art Collection, 311, 48-53.
  • Wang, G. (2017). Early Maritime Trade between China and the Portugal: A Case Study on a Group of 1552 Year Mark Blue and White Yuhuchun Bottles. Cultural Relics in Southern China, 2017(2), 161-170, 152.
  • Wang, G. (2016). Chinese Porcelain Wares Discovered at the Old Monastery Site of Santa Clara, Coimbra, Portugal. Archaeology and Cultural Relics, 2016(6), 133-145.
  • Wang, G. (2016). A Study on the Early Maritime History and Porcelain Trade between China and Portugal. Journal of Maritime History Studies, 2016(2), 47-68.