Unearthed from ancient sites across Anhui province, the bronze wares dating back from the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) to the Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256 BC) in the collection of the Anhui Museum are distinguished by their rich cultural meanings, exquisite craftsmanship, and distinctive regional features.
Among them, the most representative artifacts were burial pieces unearthed from the Shang Dynasty tombs in Funan county, the Yue Clan’s tombs in Tunxi district of Huangshan city, the tombs of the ancient Shu state’s nobility in Lu’an city, the Tomb of the Marquise of Cai, and the Tomb of the King of Chu in Shouxian county. They reflect different cultural characteristics and the vicissitude of the Chinese Bronze Age over a span of more than a thousand years.
The exchanges between China’s Central Plain Culture, Wuyue Culture, Chu Culture, and Qunshu Culture have promoted the development of Anhui province. Cultural integration is also beautifully demonstrated in the unique styles of these ancient bronze wares.
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