Artists and Craftsmen in the Late Bronze Age of China (Eighth to Third Centuries <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>): Art in Transition


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Artists and Craftsmen in the Late Bronze Age of China (Eighth to Third Centuries bc): Art in Transition

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about artists and craftsmen in the late Bronze Age of China delivered by the author at the 2007 Elsley Zeitlyn Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Culture held at the British Academy. It describes dramatic changes in the arts that took place around the turn of the fourth century bc which deeply affected the nature of artistic creation, and provides examples drawn from two major artistic categories of artistic production, lacquer and bronze.

Keywords: artists; craftsmen; China; Bronze Age; artistic creation; Elsley Zeitlyn Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  10387 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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