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Mineralogical make-up of casting moulds and its archaeological implications for bronze making techniques in ancient China

Author(s): Wen Yin Cheng ; Chen Shen

Year: 2017

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In order to understand how bronze vessels were produced and the knowledge involved we cannot limit our study to simply the bronze vessels themselves. Thus, the analysis on bronze mold production plays a key role to our understanding of bronze vessel production. The focus in this study will be on the 155 mold fragments currently housed at the Royal Ontario Museum, originally from Anyang dated to the Shang dynasty. Petrographic analysis was utilized for this research on raw materials and how the fabrics were processed to distinguish the texture and production method that may have applied to form these artifacts. Mineralogical analysis can shed new light between fabric types and previously distinguished mold forms as well as how distinct the various fabric types were within the different layers of the bronze mold itself. Thus giving us new insight on both the knowledge involved in the mold production and the technology available to the bronze craftsmen of the Shang dynasty.


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Mineralogical make-up of casting moulds and its archaeological implications for bronze making techniques in ancient China. Wen Yin Cheng, Chen Shen. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 431268)


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

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Abstract Id(s): 14612

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America