Yu-ping Luk

Curator
China

Department: Asia 



Contact

yluk@britishmuseum.org

Dr LUK Yu-ping is the Basil Gray Curator: Chinese Painting, Prints and Central Asia. She looks after a collection that ranges from around the 5th century to the present-day. She is also responsible for the museum’s collection of paintings, prints and textiles from Cave 17, Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, and archaeological material from Xinjiang. She is currently one of the coordinators of the museum’s 500-1700 research group.

Previously, Yu-ping was curator for China at the Victoria and Albert Museum, focusing on Chinese ceramics and jewellery. She was also Project Curator for the British Museum exhibition Ming: 50 years that changed China and Assistant Professor at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She completed her DPhil in the history of art at the University of Oxford. Her thesis was a detailed study of a monumental Daoist scroll related to an empress from late 15th-century China.

Yu-ping’s publications have focused on court culture of Ming-Qing China, with emphasis on the material culture of Daoism and empresses. She is particularly interested in the formation and representations of social and cultural identities through objects, their uses and relationships to specific sites. She is now focusing her attention on researching and developing the Chinese painting, prints and Central Asian collections at the British Museum.

Current projects

  • Audit of the Chinese painting, prints and Central Asian collections
  • Rotation of Chinese paintings and prints in Room 33 and Room 91a
  • Research into the history of collecting and display of the collection
  • Study of individual works in the collection
  • Research into the donors of paintings from Cave 17, Dunhuang

Publications

Books:

The Empress and the Heavenly Masters: A Study of the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2016. Peer reviewed.

Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall and Luk Yu-ping, eds. Ming China: Courts and Contacts, 1400-1450, London: British Museum Press, 2016. Peer reviewed.

Book chapters:

“The Making of an Empress in Life and Death: The Burial Goods of Empresses Xiaoduan and Xiaojing in the Ding Mausoleum”. In The Ming World, edited by Kenneth Swope. London: Routledge, forthcoming.

“Qing Empresses as Religious Patrons and Practitioners”. In Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644-1912, edited by Daisy Yiyou Wang and Jan Stuart, 88-105 and 4 catalogue entries. New Haven: Yale University Press, distributed for the Peabody Essex Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 2018. Peer reviewed.

“The Empress’ Dragon Crown: Establishing Imperial Authority in the Early Ming.” In Ming China: Courts and Contacts, 1400-1450, edited by Craig Clunas, Jessica Harrison-Hall and Luk Yu-ping, 68-76. London: British Museum Press, 2016. Peer reviewed.

“Heavenly Mistress and the Nine-lotus Bodhisattva: Visualizing the Celestial Identities of Two Empresses in Ming China (1368-1644).” In Women, Gender and Art in Early Modern Asia, c. 1500-1900, edited by Melia Belli Bose, 63-90. London: Routledge / Ashgate, 2016. Peer reviewed.

Journal articles:

“Collecting Chinese Jewellery at the V&A”, Transactions of the Oriental Ceramics Society, London, forthcoming 2018.

“The Art and Research of Professor Wan Qingli (1945-2017)”. In Hong Kong Visual Arts Yearbook, 2018. English 16-47, Chinese 50-77.

“紫砂魅惑,古今傳情:英國維多利亞與艾伯特博物館紫砂壺小型展覽”,《典藏古美術》,2017年5月,頁164-169。

“Teachings of the Way: Daoist Objects in the Exhibition ‘Ming: 50 years that changed China’”. Orientations 45, no. 6 (Sept 2014): 86-93.

“Picturing Celestial Certificates in Zhengyi Daoism: A Case Study of the Ordination Scroll of Empress Zhang (1493).” Daoism: Religion, History and Society 3 (2011): 17-48. Peer reviewed.