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Chinese Bronze Wares


Bronze Ware, Chinese HandicraftThe Bronze Age in China began in the 21st century BC and lasted about 2000 years through the Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties. Bronze wares, as precious metal wares, were mainly used for ceremonial purposes by the upper class in ancient China. The variety and quantity of the bronzes that were used were a reflection of the owner's social status and power. They were cast in a great variety of sophisticated shapes, mythical animals, natural objects and beautiful designs. Bronze wares have been found in the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River and Yangtze Rivers and some remote border areas. Bronze technology is one of the most important achievements of Chinese civilization.

Ancient Chinese Bronze Wares

1. Wine Vessel

Jue, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Jue, from which wine is poured into a cup or drunk

尊 Zun, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Zun,in which wine is contained, large or medium in size

Hu, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Hu, in which wine is contained
2. Food Vessel

Ding, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Ding, a pot to cook or contain meat

Dou, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Dou, a container for pickles and cooked dishes

Yu, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Yu, a large-sized container for cooked rice or water

3. Water Vessel

Jian, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Jian, a large-sized container for water or ice

Pan, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Pan,washing basin, used together with Yi

4. Musical instrument

Bian Zhong, ancient Chinese bronze wares
Bian Zhong,ancient Chinese musical instrument

5. Weapon

Ge, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Ge, dagger axe

Dao, ancient Chinese bronze wares
Dao, knife

Jian, ancient Chinese bronze wares

Jian, sword