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Ref ID: 22863
Ref Type: Book Section
Authors: Linduff, Katheryn M.
Title: Production of signature artifacts for the nomad market in the state of Qin during the late Warring States period in China (4th-3rd century BCE)
Date: 2009
Source: Metallurgy and civilisation: Eurasia and beyond
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Archetype Publications Ltd.
Notes: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Beginnings of the Use of Metals and Alloys (BUMA VI)
Abstract: In 1991 in the northern suburbs of Xi'an in the territory of the ancient state of Qin, objects of high historical value, including ceramic models for making bronze-casting moulds, pottery, bronze objects, iron artifacts, lacquer ware, stone objects, and other items, were unearthed. Among these finds were 25 ceramic models for casting 'steppe-style' bronze plaques of the type and iconography typical of the Ordos region located under the Great Bend of the Yellow River, as well as other categories of bronze object parts. Not only do the contents of this single tomb confirm what several scholars have previously proposed - namely that the Chinese were producing objects for their pastoral neighbors - it also suggests that the metal industry formed a significant piece of the Qin state-level as well as the local economy and its 'foreign' policy. The socio-economic and political implications of the industry and its significance to the Qin state are explored below.
Identifier: 978-1-904982-49-4
Date Created: 10/23/2013
Editors: Mei, Jianjun
Rehren, Thilo
Page Start: 90
Page End: 96