This set is the second installation in a three-volume catalog of the Sackler collection of ancient Chinese bronzes at Harvard University, undertaken by some of the premier scholars in the field. Robert W. Bagley's Shang Ritual Bronzes in the Arthur M. Sackler Collections (Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, 1987) and Jenny F. So's forthcoming Eastern Zhou Ritual Bronzes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections complete the set. Rawson's contribution starts with Volume IIA, a survey of Western Zhou (c.1050-771 B.C.) bronze types, with more emphasis on dating of shapes and designs than on the use or meaning of the vessels. A wealth of appendixes include information on archaeological sites, inscriptions, and detailed laboratory analyses of bronze samples. Volume IIB is the catalog itself, with a full-page color photograph of each vessel followed by a detailed description and comparisons with relevant pieces from other collections. Although probably not of much interest to the general public, this work gathers a tremendous amount of information for specialists and researchers.
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The author establishes a chronology for Western Zhou bronzes based on a stylistic analysis of the shapes and designs of the bronzes themselves...Given the relevance this important book has to the filling of a gap in the literature devoted to the study of Western Zhou bronzes- and in years to come it will be a constant reference point for scholars of this field. (Filippo Salviati Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies)
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Book Description Arthur M. Sackler Foundation &, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110674950704