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Dr James C S Lin

Dr James C S Lin

Senior Assistant Keeper of Applied Art, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


Dr 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.

As a scholar he has published articles on jades and painting. He is also a Chinese painter though he does not have much time to devote to painting at present. He started to study Chinese painting at the age of 15 and subsequently he won several prizes at painting competitions in Taiwan. He also held several co-exhibitions with friends and other artists. Dr. Lin has been invited to give lectures at institutes and universities in UK, China and Taiwan.

Research Interests

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

Key Publications

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


‘A Han imperial burial—an obsession with attaining eternal life’, Australia: World of Antiques & Art Issue 82, pp.60-63, 2012.


‘The Search for Immortality—A Chinese Holy Grail’, London: Minerva, pp. 44-53, 2012.


Treasure from the Underground Palace: Tomb Treasures from Han China, HK: Arts of Asia, 2012.


See more here (link to PDF of publications)