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Detail of the decoration of the zun wine container illustrated on the following page. Following pages: Two wine ers; on the left, the taotie motif, tions of the dynasty. 54 found in the excava- Lingbao, Henan right, contain- a zun decorated with a you of the province; on late Shang <* . i-1 > 4 . r -y. c. The victory of the Zhou over the Shang in 1027 bc was the victory of better organized noble families over less well or- ganized ones, ward it was no longer a case of war against back- barbarians.

48 decoration and thin walls, emphasizing functional require- As ments. has already been mentioned there was also a dif- ference in the length of the inscriptions. late Shang inscriptions comprised The majority of between one and five or words and the longest did not exceed fifty, whereas long and highly informative inscriptions were common on six A Western Zhou bronzes. cooking vessel from the ding King Kang, for example, bears an words and the Mao Gong ding from the reign of inscription of 291 reign of Xuan King has one of 497 words.

These bronzes rapidly ceased to be purely became, because of their temporal and part of an extensive funerary, ritual utilitarian spiritual and and power, a sacrificial world. injury]. beliefs of this period were imprecise, the funeral rites of the noble classes took lereby a harmony high and the low, and all enjoyed the blessing of I Although the religious 1 was secured between the leaven. " . fairly on a sumptuousness which prefigured the extravagances of the tomb of the First Kmperor some There are numerous, richly 12 or 13 decorated centuries burial later.

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