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Kristina Laun, MA 2008, Four Shang Bronzes: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Anyang Period of the Shang Dynasty

June 24, 2009  by: Dom

Kristina Laun, a 2008 MA graduate from the University at Buffalo Art History program, has had her first book, Four Shang Bronzes: Chinese Ritual Bronzes from the Anyang Period of the Shang Dynasty (Paperback), published by VDM Verlag.  Focusing on four separate bronze vessels from the late period of the Chinese Shang Dynasty, this work examines artifacts within the collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science. An examination of a li-ding, a gu, a jue, and a hu, this “Buffalo Collection” continues to reveal a rich culture and gives scholars a window into the lives of the forgotten individuals within the Shang middling classes. The vessels reveal clues as to their owners’ places within their social structure, personalities, and, perhaps in two cases, even names. These specifics begin to give life to the generalized information about a society, allowing a kinship to be found between peoples and cultures separated by time and space.

This work can be found on amazon.com.

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