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Dr. XU Jin

Assistant Professor
Vassar College (New York)

Fellowship Project

Dr. Xu Jin spent four months in 2022 at the National Museum of China in Beijing, China, where he conducted research on collections related to the ancient Silk Roads and study restoration and exhibition of Silk Road objects.


Dr. Xu Jin received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is now teaching at Vassar College in New York. His research focuses on religious and funerary art in early medieval China (220-589 CE). He is particularly interested in stone carvings, such as sarcophagi and Buddhist steles. Grounded in studies of carved stones in Chinese and American museums, his research addresses a wide array of issues related to artistic materials, technical processes, visual-verbal dynamics, spatial strategies, and cultural identity.

Recent Development and Achievement

    Dr. Xu Jin is now preparing a book manuscript on stone sarcophagi created for Sogdian immigrants in 6th-century China.

Selected Publication(s)

    • Xu, J. (2021). Symbol of Universal Kingship: A Study of the Imagery on the Brocade with Lion Hunting in the Horyuji Temple. Sino-Platonic Papers, 307.
    • Xu, J. (2021). A Journey Across Many Realms: The Shi Jun Sarcophagus and the Visual Representation of Migration on the Silk Road. The Journal of Asian Studies, 80(1).
    • Xu, J. (2019). The Funerary Couch of An Jia and the Art of Sogdian Immigrants in Sixth-Century China. The Burlington Magazine, 10.
    • Xu, J. (2019). A Study of the Filial-Son Illustrations on a Northern-Wei Stone Funerary Couch at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Journal of the National Museum of China, 10, 91-107. (In Chinese)
    • Xu, J. (2015). Reconstruction and Study of a Northern-Wei Stone Mortuary Couch with Filial Piety Illustrations at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Studies on Ancient Tomb Art, 3, 119-140. (In Chinese)