Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 12:00pm1:00pm.
North Building - Lower Level
Ticketed with member discount

Decoding the Artifacts of the Beifang, the Cowboys Beyond the Great Wall

Emma C. Bunker, Research Associate to the DAM's Asian art department and well-known authority on personal adornment in China, the art of the horse-riding groups of the Eurasian steppe, and Khmer art of Southeast Asia, will demonstrate that excavated Beifang artifacts can serve as encoded historical records to a people with no written history; revealing details of daily life, regional characteristics, and metal technologies, in an area that is culturally far more complex than has been acknowledged in the past. The reputation of the Beifang “cowboy” as a ruthless people without honor is based on the bias of ancient Chinese records. Ms. Bunker seeks to challenge that reputation using the only records left to us from the Beifang themselves!

Free for Asian Art Association members, $5 for DAM members, teachers and students, $10 for others. Pay at the door. Museum general admission not required for this lecture only: gallery viewing requires general admission.

Reservations requested. For reservations or details, call 720-913-0040 or email

Sponsored by the Asian Art Association, a DAM support group.