"Text and Image in Dunhuang Paintings"
The paintings discovered together with the rich collection of manuscripts at Cave 17 of the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang largely increase our knowledge of medieval art along the Silk Road. Many of the paintings have inscriptions which record the names of deities or donors and thus provide much needed details about local religion and society. We can learn, however, additional information not only from the text of the inscriptions but also their visual appearance, as some of these features can be tied to specific social and linguistic conditions in the Dunhuang region during the 9th and 10th century.
Imre Galambos, University Lecturer in Chinese, Department of East Asian Studies, Cambridge University
April 14, 2014
Dr Imre Galambos received his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley with a dissertation on the orthography of early Chinese writing. After his graduation, for the following ten years he worked for the International Dunhuang Project at the British Library, where he became involved with the study of Dunhuang manuscripts and the manuscript culture of medieval China in general. In 2012 he was hired by the University of Cambridge as Lecturer in Pre-Modern Chinese Studies. His publications include _Orthography of Early Chinese Writing: Evidence from Newly Excavated Manuscripts_ (2006); _Manuscripts and Travellers: The Sino-Tibetan Documents of a Tenth-century Buddhist Pilgrim_ (2012; co-authored with Sam van Schaik) and _Studies in Chinese Manuscripts: From the Warring States Period to the 20th Century_ (2013; edited volume).