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Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 B.C.)

Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 B.C.)

Of the first two centuries of the Zhou hegemony over Northern China, the Westernn Zhou period (about 1050-771 B.C.), was the most brilliant. Society was conceived in strongly hierarchical terms - the Zhou royal estate and the cults to their ancestors being predominant - in a feudal-like manner. Large and opulent bronze vessels, with plain though bold decoration are typical of the beginning of the 10th century B.C. The types change, in about 850 B.C., due to a series of important religious transformations. The cult to the ancestors came to be deeply ingrained. The most important features of the dead were covered with opulent jade ornaments and pendants. Ritual bronze vessels show birdlike imagery, along with ribonned motifs. The pratice of divination with oracle bones continued to decline as the inscriptions on the ritual vessels became longer which would emerge as precious historical sources.

  • Lei vessel
    Lei vessel Late 11th – early 10th century B.C., Western Zhou Dynasty (1050-771 B.C.) - Bronze
  • Gui vessel
    Gui vessel 9th century – early 8th century B.C., Western Zhou Dynasty (approximately 1050 – 771 B.C.) - Bronze
  • Shaft
    Shaft 2nd half of the 11th century – 10th century B.C., Western Zhou Dynasty (approximately 1050 – 771 B.C.) - Bronze