Eileen Hsiang-ling Hsu (Ph.D., 1999, Columbia University) is an independent scholar. She has taught courses in Asian art history, curated exhibitions, lectured in English and Chinese, and her numerous publications focus on epigraphy, Buddhist art, and workshop practice.
Art historians, curators, and collectors of Chinese Buddhist art, religious sculpture, and ceramics, as well as scholars and students interested in Ming history, art patronage, and workshop practice.
'In this thoroughly researched study, Hsu (independent scholar) traces the origin and dates of what may have been 16 Chinese luohan
figures. (...) The book unrolls like a detective story as the author follows clues in the writings of early-20th-century German scholar
Friedrich Perzyński—who discovered the glazed figures of the luohans in caves southwest of Beijing and acquired them for museums in Europe and North America—and then herself traveled to the caves. In the book's five chapters and five appendixes, Hsu analyzes the figures by archaeological and epigraphic records, making comparisons with Ming dynasty sancai sculpture and thus establishing new dates for the figures and rendering a detailed examination of luohans' iconography. Including 153 illustrations (most in color), endnotes, and Chinese glossary, this valuable volume will interest specialists.'
--D. K. Haworth, Carleton College, CHOICE, Vol. 54/8 (April 2017)
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, professionals.
'Monks in Glaze is a comprehensive study, drawing on social and economic issues of religious patronage, imperial workshop practice, and style nuances of post-Yuan Buddhist art. Hsu writes well, simply and clearly, while her scholarship is immaculate: methodical, balanced and, beyond question, convincing. (...) This book should have a wide appeal, well beyond the specialist world of academics and historians of Asian art, partly because of the unsurpassed power and beauty of Luohans, themselves, and partly because it is an extraordinary story of discovery, adventure and skullduggery taking place against a background of war and the social and economic breakdown that was China in 1912.'
Richard Temple, Minerva Magazine (https://www.minervamagazine.co.uk/Books_28-2_02.html)