Ruiqi Zhang

Postgraduate Research Student

r.zhang14@liverpool.ac.uk


Biography

Ruiqi was awarded a BA in Appreciation and Restoration of Cultural Relics from the Nanjing University of the Arts, China. Subsequently, she achieved her MA in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool. During the BA and MA study, she took part in many excavations and conservations with the Xuzhou Museum in her hometown, and also in Britain.

Outside of her studies, Ruiqi has worked for the preparation and installation work of the world-famous exhibition “China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors” at the World Museum Liverpool, and then worked as a part-time staff in this exhibition. Besides, she writes a column about history and archaeology for a famous new-media “the Paper” in China.

Research Interests

Thesis Title

"The Export blue-and -white porcelain from Jingdezhen, China: 1271-1795”.

China is widely regarded as the first country in the world to develop glazed porcelain, and ceramics were a major trade item to be exported to other countries from the ninth century. Jingdezhen has been the most important place for porcelain production in China for centuries. From the Song Dynasty (960-1279) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Jingdezhen represents the highest quality and most advanced techniques of porcelain manufacture. The early researchers on export porcelains mainly focused on art. Current scholarship is generally limited by one-sided sources that impede a deeper understanding of the export porcelain from Jingdezhen. More importantly, scientific investigation of the export porcelain is almost fully absent in existing researches, and it is this aspect that will constitute the main body of her project.

The samples are supported by the British Museum, Rijiksmuseum Amsterdam, National Museum of the Philippines, Museum of London Archaeology, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and Huangyao Museum which is a private museum in Jingdezhen China.

Ruiqi’s broader research interests include archaeology, scientific archaeology, Chinese history, Silk Road (land and maritime), ceramic consumption and ancient material cultures.

Research Funding

Tung Doctoral Scholarship (Hong Kong)