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The Use and Significance of Ritual Bronzes in the Lingnan Region During the Eastern Zhou Period

The Use and Significance of Ritual Bronzes in the Lingnan Region During the Eastern Zhou Period © Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 THE USE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RITUAL BRONZES IN THE LINGNAN REGION DURING THE EASTERN ZHOU PERIOD BY LOTHAR VON FALKENHAUSEN (UCLA) Abstract The paper examines bronze vessels and bells excavated from late Bronze Age élite tombs in Guangdong and Guangxi. Categorized stylistically, such objects represent diverse traditions of manufacture, including 1) that of the Zhou states in the Yellow and Yangzi river systems (especially of Chu), 2) those of the Zhou-related, but basi- cally independent bronze manufacturing cultures along the Middle and Lower Yangzi (known to Chinese archaeology as the Wu and Yue cultures), 3) those of Southeast Asian Bronze Age cultures (proto-Dian, Dongso’n), and 4) that of emergent local Lingnan bronze-casting workshops. The frequency and distribution of objects pertaining to each of these traditions changed somewhat over time; the assemblages from the tombs at Yangjia, Gongcheng (Guangxi) and Songshan, Zhaoqing (Guangdong), representing, respectively, an earlier and a later stage of local development, are scrutinized in some detail. It is noted that, both in import and in local manufacture, the choice of bronze vessel types emphasizes functional equivalence with the indigenous ceramic inventory while evincing little if any awareness of the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

The Use and Significance of Ritual Bronzes in the Lingnan Region During the Eastern Zhou Period

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 3 (1): 193 – Jan 1, 2001

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Brill
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© 2002 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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1568-5233
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10.1163/156852301100402804
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© Brill, Leiden 2002 JEAA 3, 1–2 THE USE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF RITUAL BRONZES IN THE LINGNAN REGION DURING THE EASTERN ZHOU PERIOD BY LOTHAR VON FALKENHAUSEN (UCLA) Abstract The paper examines bronze vessels and bells excavated from late Bronze Age élite tombs in Guangdong and Guangxi. Categorized stylistically, such objects represent diverse traditions of manufacture, including 1) that of the Zhou states in the Yellow and Yangzi river systems (especially of Chu), 2) those of the Zhou-related, but basi- cally independent bronze manufacturing cultures along the Middle and Lower Yangzi (known to Chinese archaeology as the Wu and Yue cultures), 3) those of Southeast Asian Bronze Age cultures (proto-Dian, Dongso’n), and 4) that of emergent local Lingnan bronze-casting workshops. The frequency and distribution of objects pertaining to each of these traditions changed somewhat over time; the assemblages from the tombs at Yangjia, Gongcheng (Guangxi) and Songshan, Zhaoqing (Guangdong), representing, respectively, an earlier and a later stage of local development, are scrutinized in some detail. It is noted that, both in import and in local manufacture, the choice of bronze vessel types emphasizes functional equivalence with the indigenous ceramic inventory while evincing little if any awareness of the

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Published: Jan 1, 2001

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