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By Han Zhongmin, Hubert Delahaye

A trip via old 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 ebook 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 for the reason that 1949. excellent exhibitions of a few of those discoveries have rotated the globe long ago few years, exhibiting the unbelievably wealthy background of the oldest non-stop civilization on earth-but the following in a single quantity are the main awesome of those artistic endeavors including these by no means publicly exhibited.

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Below: foundation of Neolithic 38 dwelling. in the Yellow River valley. is very from the same period I olio-' which dominate the roof of the world. A i (f THE MASTERS BRONZE CASTING SHANE AND ZHOU DYNASTIES The Xia dynasty, according to written sources, existed between the twenty-first century and the sixteenth century BC and over the four or more centuries that it held sway it had 17 kings between much Yu recent research, the Great and Jie, however, despite no direct proof of its existence has emerged.

Densely scattered tombs and pits for chariots are also found Qiyi lost in the village Hejia, in the district of Qishan. position as the capital its to Feng, however, since and the seat it when King Wen moved was the birthplace of the dynasty of the temple of the acestors, many of the ancestors were buried there. In the final phase of the Western Zhou, in moved east, the face Rong of the invasion, and Qiyi was reduced to ruins. the Over dynasty the years, the bronzes which have been discovered here have mostly been found area, in the ruins of dwellings in the surrounding where they may have been hidden by nobles when fleeing from the whilst adding Zhou inherited the new forms and vessel Shang decorative motifs.

Fairly on a sumptuousness which prefigured the extravagances of the tomb of the First Kmperor some There are numerous, richly 12 or 13 decorated centuries burial later. chambers where bronzes, human and animal sacrifices, silks, jade (still imported from Central Asia) and valuable objects abounded and greeted the tomb robbers who have so often beaten archaeologists to the funeral sites of the Shang. 51 A Variety of Ceremonial Vessels The Jia tripods are vessels for beating The or serving wine. ) excavations of Zhengzhou.

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