Author: Xintian Ma

Xintian Ma comes from Guizhou province in Southwestern China. He recently finished his MPhil in Social Anthropological Research from the University of Cambridge. Before Cambridge, Xintian also received his undergraduate degree from the University of St Andrews in International Relations and Social Anthropology. With research interests in politics, heritage, museums, religion and ethnicity, his MPhil dissertation focused on the social life of Tibetan Buddhist Statues collected at the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The Transboundary Origin of a Gilt Bronze Buddha

The origin of a museum object may seem simple and singular, associated with a specific place. But Xintian Ma presents a more complicated and perhaps realistic tale of the dual origins of a gilt Buddha.

Xintian Ma

9 January 2024

Double Identities: A Guanyin Statue in a Carriage Clock Case

When an object is misidentified, is it a ‘mistake’ or something more? Using a Guanyin statue as a case study, I suggest that objects can inhabit two identities when embodying two simultaneous social meanings.

Xintian Ma

13 June 2023

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