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Rawson, Prof. Dame Jessica (Mary) free

Rawson, Prof. Dame Jessica (Mary) free

DBE 2002 (CBE 1994); LittD; FBA 1990

Born 20 Jan. 1943; d of Roger Nathaniel Quirk and Paula Quirk; m 1968, John Rawson; one d

Warden, Merton College, Oxford, 1994–2010, now Honorary Fellow; Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology, since 2000, and Hon. Research Fellow, School of Archaeology, since 2021, University of Oxford


New Hall, Cambridge (BA Hons History; LittD 1991; Hon. Fellow, 1997); London Univ. (BA Hons Chinese Lang. and Lit.)


Asst Principal, Min. of Health, 1965–67; Department of Oriental Antiquities, British Museum: Asst Keeper II, 1967–71; Asst Keeper I, 1971–76; Dep. Keeper, 1976–87; Keeper, 1987–94; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Univ. of Oxford, 2005–10; Slade Professor of Fine Art, Univ. of Cambridge, 2013–14; Fellow, St John’s Coll., Cambridge, 2013–14. Visiting Professor: Kunsthistorisches Inst., Heidelberg, 1989, 2011; Dept of Art, Univ. of Chicago, 1994; Peking Univ., 2017 (Hon. Prof. 2019); Hon. Professor: Xi’an Jiaotong Univ., 2007–; Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Beijing, 2008–. Lectures: Barlow, Sussex Univ., 1979; Leventritt Meml, Harvard, 1989; A. J. Pope, Smithsonian Instn, 1991; Harvey Buchanan, Cleveland Mus. of Art, 1993; Pratt Inst., 1998; Beatrice Blackwood, Oxford, 1999; Millennium, Oxford, 2000; Creighton, Univ. of London, 2000; K. S. Lo, Hong Kong, 2009; Heinz-Goetze, Heidelberg, 2011; Frederick Mote, Princeton, 2011; Mok, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong, 2011; William Cohn, Univ. of Oxford, 2014; Leon Levy, New York Univ., 2015; Sir Percival David, London, 2016. Member: Nuffield Langs Inquiry, 1998–99; British Library Bd, 1999–2003; Scholars’ Council, Library of Congress, Washington, 2005–11. Academic Advr to Centre for Ancient Civilization, Inst. of Archaeol., Chinese Acad. of Social Scis, 2000–; Consultant to Res. Dept, Palace Mus., Beijing, 2014–; Ambassador, Inst. of Archaeol., Shaanxi Province, 2014–. Chm., Oriental Ceramic Soc., 1993–96; Vice-Chm., Exec. Cttee, GB-China Centre, 1985–87. Governor: SOAS, Univ. of London, 1998–2003; Latymer and Godolphin Sch., 2004–08; St Paul’s Girls’ Sch., 2009–14. Hon. DSc St Andrews, 1997; Hon. DLitt: London, 1998; Sussex, 1998; Newcastle, 1999; Hon. Dr: Xi’an Jiaotong, 2007; Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Beijing, 2008. Freer Medal, Freer Gall., Smithsonian Instn, Washington DC, 2017; Tang Prize for Sinology, 2022


Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages (with John Ayers), 1975; Animals in Art, 1977; Ancient China, Art and Archaeology, 1980; Chinese Ornament: the lotus and the dragon, 1984; Chinese Bronzes: art and ritual, 1987; The Bella and P. P. Chiu Collection of Ancient Chinese Bronzes, 1988; Western Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections, 1990; (with Emma Bunker) Ancient Chinese and Ordos Bronzes, 1990; (ed) The British Museum Book of Chinese Art, 1992; Chinese Jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, 1995; Mysteries of Ancient China, 1996; (with Evelyn Rawski) China, The Three Emperors 1662–1795, 2005; Treasures from Shanghai, Ancient Chinese Bronzes and Jades, 2009; (ed with Kristian Göransson) China’s Terracotta Army, 2010; Ancestors and Eternity: essays on Chinese archaeology and art, 2011; Lotus and Dragon: studies of Chinese ornament, 2019; Life and the Afterlife in Ancient China, 2023; contrib. Proc. of British Acad. and learned jls


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