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The Inscribed Bronzes from Yangjiacun: New Evidence on Social Structure and Historical Consciousness in Late Western Zhou China (<i>c</i>.800 <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>)

LOTHAR VON FALKENHAUSEN

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Inscribed Bronzes from Yangjiacun: New Evidence on Social Structure and Historical Consciousness in Late Western Zhou China (c.800 bc)

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This chapter discusses the twenty-seven inscribed ritual bronze vessels, which were uncovered in Yangjiacun, Mei Xian. The place where these vessels were discovered may have been near the seat of the powerful Shan lineage — several names of Shan family members are inscribed on the vessels. The chapter reveals that the inscriptions on the bronze vessels provide new insights into the structure and internal organisation of lineages in the Late Western Zhou-period China. These inscriptions also convey a feeling of shared identity among the members of the Shan lineage, particularly the male members. It is also shown that they illuminate the contexts in which a sense of history was beginning to form during the final half-millennium of pre-Imperial China.

Keywords: inscribed ritual bronze vessels; Shan lineage; Yangjiacun; China; Late Western Zhou-period; shared identity

Chapter.  21947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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