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Dr James Lin

Senior Assistant Keeper

James Lin is responsible for the Asian art collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum. He organises exhibitions, publishes academic research, teaches, gives lectures to the public and deals with public enquiries. James obtained a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Chinese Art History at the University of Oxford. He worked as a research assistant in the Ashmolean Museum between 2000 and 2002. He was employed as a special assistant at the British Museum, helping to set up the Selwyn and Ellie Alleyne Gallery of Chinese Jade between June and November 2002. Afterwards he returned to Oxford as the first Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, at the Khoan and Michael Sullivan Chinese painting gallery at the Ashmolean Museum. In September 2004 he was appointed as the Assistant Keeper of Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum.


Research Interests

Early Chinese material culture, particularly bronzes and jades; Chinese archaeology; Chinese decorative art; Chinese painting.


Recent/Major Publications

Life and Afterlife in Han China, Cambridge: Fitzwilliam Museum 2014

The Search for Immortality—Tomb Treasure of Han China, Yale University Press 2012

The Immortal Stone – Chinese Jades from the Neolithic period to the Twentieth century, London: Scala, 2009

‘Armour for the Afterlife’ Jane Portal (ed). The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, London: British Museum Press, 2007, pp. 180-191