Wenwu 文物出版社. 8.75 x 11.5", 225 pp., fully illustrated in color, b/w line drawings, captions in Chinese and English, main text in Chinese with an English essay on The Finds and Research of Shang-Zhou Bronzes in Southern Anhui by Gong Xicheng, cloth, d.j., Beijing, 2006. Item #33414
For many years, the area south of the Yangtze River in southern Anhui Province has been home to an uncanny amount of early bronze caches. Over 500 pieces have been unearthed from four major sites and include artifacts from the Shang and Zhou dynasty periods. Because the region was one of the main sources of copper prior to the Qin period, a variety of different types of bronzes were in production, and their numbers were great. Using color illustrations as well as black and white rubbings of the detailed patterns and designs implemented, this volume analyzes the ritual bronzes and weaponry developed in the region and the circumstances that allowed such rapid advancement and production.
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