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Shanghai Bronzes in Lisbon

Shanghai Bronzes in Lisbon

In order to mark the 25th anniversary of relations with China, there was the Lisbon presentation of a set of bronze pieces from the Museum of Shanghai. ‘Banquets, rituals, ceremonies: archaic bronzes of the Museum of Shanghai’ represented a selection of 29 bronzes sharing the common denominator as a means of worship at the complex banquets and rituals of worship that were commonly offered up to one’s ancestors. The sample chronologically ranges from late in the controversial Xia dynasty (8th to 6th centuries B.C.) and stretching right through to the Warring States era (475-221 B.C.), thereby covering the 1,500 years of the Bronze age to close just before it fell into decadence, and around 300 years prior to the advent of our era.