Download PDF by Xiaolong Wu: Material Culture, Power, and Identity in Ancient China

By Xiaolong Wu

during this publication, Xiaolong Wu bargains a entire and in-depth examine of the Zhongshan nation in the course of China's Warring States interval (476–221 BCE). interpreting artefacts, inscriptions, and grandiose funerary buildings inside a wide archaeological context, he illuminates the connections among strength and id, and the position of fabric tradition in saying and speaking either. the writer brings an interdisciplinary method of this learn. He combines and cross-examines all on hand different types of facts, together with archaeological, textual, artwork old, and epigraphical, permitting leading edge interpretations and conclusions that problem traditional perspectives concerning Zhongshan and ethnicity in historic China. Wu finds the complicated courting among fabric tradition, cultural identification, and statecraft meant by way of the royal buyers. He demonstrates that the Zhongshan king Cuo developed a hybrid cultural id, consolidated his energy, and aimed to keep up political order at courtroom after his loss of life in the course of the structures, sculpture, and inscriptions that he commissioned.

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