Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781909631090 Published September 2014 World sales rights except India

Ancient Chinese Bronzes

A Personal Appreciation

Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro

Distributed for Sylph Editions

With contributions by Robert D. Jacobsen, Robert D. Mowry, and Thomas Lawton

144 pages | 41 color plates, 31 halftones | 11 1/2 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $90.00 ISBN: 9781909631090 Published September 2014 World sales rights except India
The Shang dynasty of north-central China (c. 1500–1000 BCE) was a flourishing Bronze Age civilization that maintained control over much of north China for nearly six hundred years. It also produced spectacular bronze ritual vessels that are among the greatest cultural and technological achievements of any ancient civilization.
           
Ancient Chinese Bronzes offers readers the unique opportunity to see Daniel Shapiro’s astonishing collection of ancient Chinese Shang dynasty bronze ritual vessels. The mystery and beauty of these bronzes, which date back to 1200 BCE, is captured in dramatic large-format illustrations both in color and in black and white. Accompanying the images are an introduction and explanatory notes from the collector as well as essays by three leading American scholars: Robert D. Jacobson, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Robert D. Mowery, Harvard Art Museums; and Thomas Lawton, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. This introduction to the high art of bronze casting in ancient China will entice novices and experts alike.
Contents

Preface - Daniel Shapiro

Introduction – James J. Lally

Ancient Chinese Bronzes – A Personal Appreciation – Daniel Shapiro

Shang Civilization – Robert D. Jacobsen

                Liding

                Jue

                Gu

                Fangding

                Hu

                He

                Gong

                Zhi

                Nao

                Fangyi

                Pou                       

                Jia

                Zun

                You

The Shapiro Liding and Jörg Trübner – Thomas Lawton

The Gong Ritual Vessel – Robert D. Mowry

Descriptive Index

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