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Lecture will be presented by Dr Qin Cao
Renowned for its magnificent bronze vessels, the Shang is a major period foundational to the forming of Chinese civilization. However, the even larger quantities of bronze and jade weapons from Shang tombs have attracted less scholarly attention. Do they simply represent the status and military role of the deceased? Were they merely ritual implements? This lecture explores the significance of weapons to early Chinese civilization, and how the application of European archaeological theories and methods benefit research into Chinese Bronze Age material remains.
For further information, please see Qin’s book page here.
Dr. Qin Cao is Senior Curator of Chinese collections at National Museums Scotland. She specialises in Chinese Bronze Age archaeology and East Asian numismatics. Qin has published bi-lingually for both academic and public audiences, and curated permanent displays and temporary exhibitions. Her book titled ‘Weapons in Late Shang (c.1250-1050 BCE) China: Beyond Typology and Ritual’ is published by Routledge in Autumn 2022. You can find further information from her biography here.
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