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18 January 2023 - 18 January 2023

4:00PM - 6:00PM

D210 (The Birley Room)

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Qin Cao (Oriental Museum) will be delivering a talk on the weapons of the Shang period in China.

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Photograph of a Shang Dynasty Dagger-Axe (Ge) - The primary weapon of combat form the period. From The Art Institute Chicago (2022).

The Shang is a major period, foundational to the forming of Chinese civilization and renowned for its magnificent bronze vessels. However, the even larger quantities of weapons in bronze and other materials have attracted less scholarly attention.

Based on her DPhil thesis at Oxford and the British Museum, Qin Cao’s new book on Shang weapons provides the first critical overview of these arms, moving beyond perceptions of them being merely symbols of power and rank.

In this talk, Qin will discuss the application of archaeological theories to late Shang weapons, in combination with quantitative and qualitative methods, including statistics, and metalwork wear analysis.


Free and open to all!