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An illustrated lecture by Rose Kerr

The terracotta warriors are a vast army of life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots that were buried with the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, in 210 BC. They were meant to protect him in the afterlife and demonstrate his power and glory. The emperor’s store is a collection of miniature terracotta figures, animals, and objects that were buried with his grandson, Emperor Jingdi, in 125 BC. They reflect a more peaceful and prosperous vision of the afterlife and reveal the daily life and culture of the Han dynasty.

Rose Kerr will compare and contrast these two extraordinary tombs and the historical contexts of their creation. She will also share her insights and experiences as a leading expert on East Asian art, especially ceramics.

Lecture details
Date: Monday 4 March, 2024
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Pastorius Waller Theatre at The Suter
Tickets: $18 or $15 for Friends of The Suter members
Booking: Tickets available from the front desk at The Suter. Call 035484699 or email

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a renowned scholar and enjoy a captivating presentation on the ancient wonders of China. Book your tickets today and join us for this special event. We look forward to seeing you there.

About Rose Kerr:
Rose Kerr is a world authority on East Asian art, particularly ceramics. She worked as Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and acted as President of the Oriental Ceramic Society. She is currently Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge and Honorary Fellow of the University of Glasgow. Author of and contributor to 28 books on Asian art, she also writes regularly for magazines and journals. Rose has been visiting Nelson for 20 years and lives there for part of the year.


  • $18 or $15 for Friends of The Suter members


  • Mon 04 Mar


  • 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm


  • 208 Bridge Street
  • Whakatū Nelson