Bookcover of Four Shang Bronzes
Booktitle:

Four Shang Bronzes

Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Anyang Period of the Shang Dynasty

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2009-05-06 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-14969-2

ISBN-10:
3639149696
EAN:
9783639149692
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
How can a collection of only four pieces be beneficial to an entire field of scholarship? Would anyone disagree that more information about a subject is a good thing? However, information about the individuals who inhabited a specific society is just as important as generalized information about a culture as a whole. Insight into the life of the individual allows us to see ourselves. Fellowship can be achieved between people separated by time and space. Consisting of a li-ding, a gu, a jue, and a hu, the four vessels reveal social status, personality, and perhaps in two cases, even a name. They are treated separately in order to give each work of art the attention it deserves. They are described and analyzed according to form and detail. And an attempt was made to interpret the inscriptions on two of the vessels. "The Buffalo Collection" does not house examples on the level of those buried with Fu Hao, nor are these the terra-cotta vessels of the lower-classes. Created during the the Anyang Period, these bronze ritual vessels belonged to the middle- and upper-middle classes, who silently and loyally made the bureaucracy function day after day.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Kristina Laun
Number of pages:
120
Published on:
2009-05-06
Stock:
Available
Category:
History
Price:
49.00 €
Keywords:
China, Shang, bronze, Anyang, li-ding, hu, gu, jue, Ritual

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