Shang Dynasty: Daniel Lutze, Sisan Dorsu, Denali Minnick

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Shang Dynasty: Daniel Lutze, Sisan Dorsu, Denali Minnick

Shang Dynasty (16000-1046 BCE)

Map of the Shang Dynasty

Bronze Gu:ancient Chinese ritual bronze vessel from the Shang and Zhou dynasties. It was used to drink wine or to offer ritual libations.

Oracle Bone: pieces of shell or bone, normally from ox scapulae or turtle plastrons, which were used for pyromancy – a form of divination – in ancient China, mainly during the late Shang dynasty.

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This is a statue of Shang Yang, an important sates person of the state of Qin during the waring states period. He ruled with a legalist policy and considered loyalty to the state to be above loyalty to the family. successful reorganization of the state of Qin paved the way for the eventual unification of the Chinese empire by the Qin dynasty. Shang Yang believed that the integrity of a state could be maintained only with power and that power consisted of a large army and full granaries.

Oracle bone inscriptions from the village of Xiaotun, Henan province, China; Shang dynasty, 14th or 12th century BCE. The oracle bones were a new technology which helped emporers and preists determine answers about the future.

Ritual bronze vessels (Gu) were more than just elegant objects of status. They were symbols of power, commanding respect. The bronze vessels were used in rituals conducted by the ruling elite.

Bronze masks like this were placed on the brow or chest of a horse that pulled chariots during the Shang dynasty. Horses and chariot were buried along with the owner in a tomb.

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Cowrie shells were the first form of money in China. They were cut open on the top so they could be strung together. This made them not only easier to count but also to carry.


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