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Shizhaishan [Shih-chai-shan]locked

  • Harald Böckman



Chinese burial site in Jinning County, 56 km south-west of Kunming, Yunnan Province. The site comprises 13 tombs of kings and nobles of the kingdom of Dian, dating from the late Eastern Zhou (771–256 bc) to Han (206 bcad 220) periods. They yielded a spectacular assemblage of bronze artefacts made by the lost-wax process, the most prominent of which are bronze drums and drum-shaped cowrie-shell receptacles. The most significant artistic features of the bronzes are the mature level of artistic execution of the decoration on the drums and receptacles and the graphic and plastic portrayal of human and animal figures. The graphic representations are found on the drums, whereas the human and animal figurines are found on the lids of the receptacles or as individual artefacts. These representations of Dian ritual and daily life are unique in the bronze art of China and South-east Asia. The animal-style ornamentation found on the Shizhaishan bronzes may have been inspired by the ...

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