A Bronze Ware with Animal Design

4 years ago

Lot No. :ZG-L-324
Centuries of Style: Shang dynasty (1558 - 1046 BC)
Feature:A ware. Bronze *
Pattern:Goats
Source:Private collection
* Chinese bronze casting and pottery advanced during the Shang dynasty, with bronze typically being used for ritually significant, rather than primarily utilitarian, items. As far back as 1500 BC, the early Shang dynasty (1558 - 1046 BC) engaged in large-scale production of bronze-ware vessels and weapons. This production required a large labor force that could handle the mining, refining, and transportation of the necessary copper, tin, and lead ores. The Shang royal court and aristocrats required a vast amount of different bronze vessels for various ceremonial purposes and events of religious divination. Ceremonial rules even decreed how many bronze containers of each type a nobleman or noblewoman of a certain rank could own. With the increased amount of bronze available, the army could also better equip itself with an assortment of bronze weaponry.


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