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By Han Zhongmin, Hubert Delahaye

ISBN-10: 0831752254

ISBN-13: 9780831752255

A trip via historic China takes the reader on a voyage of discovery from the Neolithic Age to the Ming Dynasty of the 17th century. it's the such a lot lavishly illustrated publication to be released at the wonders of chinese language archeology. It unearths and illustrates the 10 so much notable archeological websites unearthed in China given that 1949. excellent exhibitions of a few of those discoveries have turned around the globe some time past few years, showing the unbelievably wealthy historical past of the oldest non-stop civilization on earth-but right here in a single quantity are the main notable of those artworks including these by no means publicly exhibited.

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With an a sale of land during the reign of King Gong of the disasters of war. In their bronzes the He inscription on the lid relating to Zhou dynasty. tradition, The forms include gui vessels with square bases, halberds, swords and bells. The decoration a variety is dominated by the taotie mask, with of motifs. The bronzes often bear long inscrip- tions which give the history of the occasion for which they were cast, sacrificial expedition markedly whether for the owners and their family, for purposes, on the occasion of the departure on an or as longer payment, than late ITiese inscriptions, Shang ones, which provide are valuable 47 Highly information.

These were amongst the earliest metal objects dis- covered in China (dated Above: Jar with large upper part its circles filled with a reticu- excava- late pattern; discovered in the tions at human with a relief of a Decorated in figure. Liuwan in 1 974 (height J J. ). ). Opposite, sin [975 at district of Ledu, province left: Painted terracotta ba- with dancers holding hands and arranged in Excavated Qinghai horizontal three in igyj lines. Datong, at province, it is one of the best depictions of human activity.

1 tnpt>d (9/ cm. high), with uprights in the form of phoenixes; was used as a also warming vessel for containing it and wine. divina- The best preserved of the tombs that have been investigated over the last fifty years is the tomb of a mem- ber of the Shang royal family excavated in the village of Xiaotun in 1976. facts, particularly It has yielded the largest of arte- made bronzes and jades. villages of loujia and Wuguan, exquisitely the north bank, near the number ( I )n is 43 the burial ground of the royal family and the the east of the royal necropolis there — served for sacrifices to the ancestors vealed that were buried 1,178 slaves is To nobility.

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