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.
About the Author
Daniel Shapiro is a retired attorney specializing in art and cultural property law. He lives in New York.
Table of Contents
Preface - Daniel Shapiro
Introduction – James J. Lally
Ancient Chinese Bronzes – A Personal Appreciation – Daniel Shapiro
Shang Civilization – Robert D. Jacobsen
The Shapiro Liding and Jörg Trübner – Thomas Lawton
The Gong Ritual Vessel – Robert D. Mowry