A Note on the Bronze Wares from the NMC in the Exhibition “Auspicious Metals”
In September 2016, an collaborative exhibition "Auspicious Metals: Bronze Art of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties" was held by the National Museum of China(NMC) and Tsinghua University,in which sixty-two pieces(sets) of bronzes of the Shang and Zhou dynasties collected in the NMC were on display. This article discusses two main issues based on those exhibits: one is about the communication of bronzes in the Yangtze river basin and those in the Central Plains area in the Shang dynasty, and the other one is about the change of bronzes' style in the mid Spring and Autumn period. On this first issue, this article studies thelei[罍] and li[鬲]in the exhibition, discusses the bronze wares with long hook shaped flange decorations of the Shang dynasty in the Central Plains area and northern area and points out that they had some connection with those in the Yangtze river basin. On the second issue, this article studies the bronzes of the mid Spring and Autumn period in the exhibition and discusses the stylistic change of bronzes' shapes and patterns in that period. The author points out that the mid Spring and Autumn period witnessed the transition of bronzes' style.
【CateGory Index】： K876.41