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date: 19 October 2019

Tangshan [T’ang-shan]locked

  • Bent Nielsen

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[T’ang-shan]

Administrative city and district (diqu) in Hebei Province, China. Outside the city of Tangshan a site dating from the Warring States period (403–221 bc) of the Zhou dynasty was excavated in 1950–52. Urn and pit burials were discovered, and near by, stone coffin burials. The pit burials contained a variety of pottery and bronze artefacts, including bronze tools (awls and adzes), weapons such as swords and arrow-heads, coins and various types of vessel. Decorative elements are those characteristic of the period: naturalistic and stylized animals such as dragons (see China, People’s Republic of §VII 3., (ii), (a)), and various geometric designs such as the small square spirals known as leiwen or ‘thunder pattern’. One hu bronze vessel with a lid (h. 352 mm; Beijing, Hist. Mus.) has decoration divided into two bands of six panels by the representation of a double-rope sling. The 12 panels depict a hunting scene in a stylized yet unusually realistic manner (though pictorial hunting scenes as such are characteristic of the period), bearing a superficial resemblance to the cave paintings of Lascaux in southern France. Another unusual vessel is a ...

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