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Yanlong Guo

Assistant Professor of Art

Yanlong Guo


Hillyer Hall 305


Yanlong Guo’s primary research focuses on the art and material culture of early imperial China (third century BCE to the third century CE). He is currently revising his doctoral dissertation, Affordable Luxury: The Entanglements of Metal Mirrors in the Han Empire (202 BCE–220 CE), into a book manuscript. Intersecting art history with archaeology and material culture studies, this project probes into the agency of things in shaping the emerging imperial identity and society.

Guo teaches a wide range of courses on early Chinese art, as well as Buddhist art, popular culture, and painting and calligraphy in an East Asian context. All courses take advantage of local collections, both on campus and farther afield. He is committed to applying his interdisciplinary training in anthropology, archaeology, history, and art history to equipping students with broad perspectives and transferable skills.

His research has been supported by the Forum Transregionale Studien, Luce/ACLS, and Columbia University’s Tang Center for Early China, among others. He also served on the editorial board of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Selected Publications

“Iconographic Volatility in the Fuxi-Nüwa Triads of the Han Dynasty.” Archives of Asian Art 71.1(2021): 63-91.
“The Aesthetic of Brightness in Han Mirror Inscriptions.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 141.1(2021): 93-124.


“Negotiating Colonial Visuality: Gao Chengxian’s Reminiscence of the Manchukuo Arts Exhibitions,” Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Web Publication Series, January 2020:

“Interregional Transmissions of Bronze Mirrors with Geometric Decorations in Early China.” The Newsletter, International Institute for Asian Studies 86(2020): 45.

“The Monetary Value of Bronze Mirrors in the Han Dynasty.” T'oung Pao 1&2(2018): 66-115.

Office Hours

Thursday 4–5 p.m.


Ph.D., University of British Columbia
M.A., B.A., Sun Yat-sen University

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks