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By Han Zhongmin, Hubert Delahaye

A trip via historical China takes the reader on a voyage of discovery from the Neolithic Age to the Ming Dynasty of the 17th century. it's the so much lavishly illustrated e-book to be released at the wonders of chinese language archeology. It finds and illustrates the 10 such a lot outstanding archeological websites unearthed in China on the grounds that 1949. marvelous exhibitions of a few of those discoveries have turned around the globe long ago few years, exhibiting the unbelievably wealthy background of the oldest non-stop civilization on earth-but right here in a single quantity are the main notable of those artistic endeavors including these by no means publicly exhibited.

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The Whereas Shang bronzes had elaborate decorative motifs and thick walls, Zhou ones tended towards simple shops. Detail of a bronze bird's head with a decorative motif of scales. 48 decoration and thin walls, emphasizing functional require- As ments. has already been mentioned there was also a dif- ference in the length of the inscriptions. late Shang inscriptions comprised The majority of between one and five or words and the longest did not exceed fifty, whereas long and highly informative inscriptions were common on six A Western Zhou bronzes.

These fantastic masks are covered in linear motifs of clouds, lightning, scales patterns of interlacing which appear to have had votive significance. Detail of the decoration of the zun wine container illustrated on the following page. Following pages: Two wine ers; on the left, the taotie motif, tions of the dynasty. 54 found in the excava- Lingbao, Henan right, contain- a zun decorated with a you of the province; on late Shang <* . i-1 > 4 . r -y. c. The victory of the Zhou over the Shang in 1027 bc was the victory of better organized noble families over less well or- ganized ones, ward it was no longer a case of war against back- barbarians.

Over became the work of professionals as well as utilitarian ends. For ex- ample, they produced pottery for the collective religious ceremonies which were more than ^vith just festivities associated sowing and harvesting and already seem to be linked with the cult of the ancestors. Religious magical cults began on charmed animal Shang Dynasty, on turtle to appear, with prophecies engraved bones and subsequently during the were by Villages shells. and sades, by walls and fortified became social classes ble by their particular now mode of clearer, above all palis- identifia- burial (coffin or double in- terment) and their funerary jades.

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