Dame Jessica Rawson


Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology 

Faculty / College Address:

China Centre / Merton College



Research Interests:

  • Cosmology of the Han period (206 BC- AD 220) and its relation to tombs and their decoration.
  • Chinese ritual bronzes and their role in Chinese Culture.

Current Projects:

  • Chinese decorative traditions, their roles and significances.

Recent Publications:

  • Chinese jade from the Neolithic to the Qing, London: British Museum Press 1995
  • Mysteries of Ancient China, London: British Museum Press 1996
  • "Ancient Chinese rituals as seen in the material record", in J. Laidlaw and J. McDermott (eds), Court and State rituals in China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1999, 20-49
  • "Western Zhou archaeology", in M. Loewe and E. Shaughnessy (eds), The Cambridge History of Ancient China, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1999, 352-449
  • Cosmological Systems as Sources of Art, Ornament and Design', Bulletin of the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, no. 72 (2000), pp. 133-189
  • With Evelyn Rawski (ed.), China: The Three Emperors 1662-1795, London 2005

Photograph of Dame Jessica Rawson