Lothar von Falkenhausen, UCLA: "New Light on the First Archaeological Discovery of Chinese Bronzes"
Mon, October 12, 2009 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM • Art Building 1.120
A large number of bronzes--perhaps more than one hundred--were unearthed at Xinzheng in central China in 1923. Even though the details of the excavation were unrecorded, this discovery marks a milestone in the history of Chinese archaeology because this was the first time that a coherent assemblage from a single tomb was made available for scholarly study. The exact dating of the assemblage has, however, remained controversial. In the intervening decades, a large number of archaeological discoveries have been made at Xinzheng, allowing us define the local bronze-manufacturing tradition in this area with some precision. The study of these new discoveries suggests a new and somewhat surprising interpretation of the bronze assemblage found in 1923.