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Exhibition of Unearthed Bronze Wares of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties in Hunan

Keywords: Hunan, Bronze Ware, Shang and Zhou
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The bronze wares unearthed in Hunan Province, mainly at Huangcai Town, Ningxiang County and its surrounding areas, were largely made during the period from the Shang Dynasty (c.1600 BC - c. 1100 BC) to the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.1100 BC - 771BC). A large number of bronze wares were also found in Lishui River, Zijiang River and the middle and lower reaches of Xiangjiang River. Bronze wares were also excavated in the site of a city constructed in the Western Zhou Dynasty among the ruins of Tanheli at Huangcai which were unearthed from 2002 to 2004, thus establishing a relationship between relics and bronze wares unearthed in Hunan.

The combination of the discovered bronze wares buried in the graves at the end of the Shang Dynasty in Hunan is similar to the combination of bronze wares found in the Central Plains. Tripod became the main role in such a combination in the Western Zhou Dynasty, and was set off by a small number of other types of utensils. Of particular note, bronze ware appeared often singly in a mountain or valley, by the river bank or at a residence, sometimes accompanied by pieces of jade ware. Obviously they were buried for the purpose of collecting wealth. The earliest bronze wares here date back to about 3,500 years ago, and take the forms of tools such as knife and chisel. The technology of making bronze ware towards the end of the Shang Dynasty developed by leaps and bounds, and finds its expression in tall and massive groups of bronze wares in the novel shapes of elephant, pig and ox horn.  

Area: 1000-2000㎡
Graded Objects: 81 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 01 Dec 2016--30 Nov 2017

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