The Ritual Systerm of the Zhongli King's Bronzes

Author(s): Wenjie Zhang

Year: 2015


Since the Zhongli King's tomb in Anhui (China) was excavated in 2013, various types of bronze artifact were found which can be sourced to different regions in the Late-Chunqiu period. Through examning these bronzes, this article is going to analyze where they were coming from, how they were arranged into the tomb and what kind of ritual systerm the Zhongli King was referring to, which accordingly would be helpful to get a better understanding of the exotic funeral structure of this tomb.

It can be found out that the Zhongli state was creating its ritual system mostly learinging from the Jin and Chu states, respectively two different bronze sets were mingled together to form a totally new bronze group. Similar phenomenon was also seen in some other elite tombs, which showed that the ritual was changing after Middle-Chunqiu period.

Besides, by talking about the Ding-cauldron in this tomb, this article is hoping to give some new insight about the Lie-Ding issue in the Zhou Dynasty, especially about the differences and similarities of Lie-Ding system between northern and southern China.

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The Ritual Systerm of the Zhongli King's Bronzes. Wenjie Zhang. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397670)

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Geographic Keywords
East/Southeast Asia

Spatial Coverage

min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;