China and Inner Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Aesthetics of Ritual in Late Shang: Display Bones, Plain Bronzes, and Colorful Pebbles from Yinxu (ca. 1250-1046 BCE)

Thursday, March 22
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Washington Room 2, Exhibit Level

Ritual - from funerary activities to religio-political acts - was a means by which the world of Yinxu was ordered in late Shang. This paper looks at three types of ritual objects used by different social groups at Yinxu: display bones, plain bronze vessels, and clusters of colorful pebbles. Attending to the material quality and temporal aspect of each, it asks, first, how the interplay between the divinatory text, image of the inscriptions and object of the oracle bone helped legitimize the ruling apparatus. Second, what was the purpose of the plain surface in bronze ritual vessels? And finally, what was the significance of color in the ritual usage of pebble clusters in funerals?

Ingrid Yeung

National Gallery of Art, District of Columbia

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