Imprints of Kinship

Studies of Recently Discovered Bronze Inscriptions from Ancient China

The Chinese University Press

Imprints of Kinship

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Pub Date: March 2017

ISBN: 9789629966393

250 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $45.00

Imprints of Kinship

Studies of Recently Discovered Bronze Inscriptions from Ancient China

The Chinese University Press

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Recent excavations of bronze artifacts from the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 B.C.) provide the focus for this collection of essays, which analyze the nature and patterns of lineages emerging from the tombs of ancient lords of states and historically significant individuals located throughout China, including Beijing, Shandong, Shanxi, and Gansu. The editor and his nine contributors provide detailed textual analyses of the inscriptions found on excavated bronze vessels. Their essays offer careful reconstructions of the genealogies, kinship structures, political identities, and relationship networks of leading court figures from Bronze-Age China. This rich scholarship makes important contributions to ancient Chinese archaeology by bringing to light archaeological evidence in support of new discoveries related to the chronology, warfare, and legal structure of the different realms that existed during the Western Zhou period.

About the Author

Edward L. Shaughnessy is Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in Early Chinese Studies at the University of Chicago