Item ID: 7819 Changsha gu wu wen jian ji 長沙古物聞見記 [Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha]. Chengzuo 商承祚 SHANG.
Changsha gu wu wen jian ji 長沙古物聞見記 [Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha].
Changsha gu wu wen jian ji 長沙古物聞見記 [Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha].
Changsha gu wu wen jian ji 長沙古物聞見記 [Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha].

One of the Greatest Chinese Archeologists of the 20th Century

Changsha gu wu wen jian ji 長沙古物聞見記 [Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha].

Five full-page woodcut illustrations in the text. 77; 76 folding leaves. Two vols. Large 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, orig. stitching. Chengdu: Jinling da xue [Jinling University Chinese Culture Research Institute], 1939.

First edition. Shang Chengzuo (1902-91), archeologist, epigraphist, and calligrapher, was one of the greatest Chinese archeologists of the 20th century. He was an authority on oracle bones and published widely on the subject. He was also well-versed in the tomb culture of the Central Plains and participated in an excavation of a large Han Dynasty tomb in Changsha (Hunan).

In February of 1938, Shang arrived in Changsha, the capital of Hunan province. Hunan was, in turn, the location of the ancient kingdom of Chu during China’s Warring States period (476-221 BCE). Happening upon paleographer and archaeologist Chen Mengjia 陳夢家 (1911-1966) at a restaurant, the pair started discussing the large number of antiquities to be found in Changsha. Shang stayed in Changsha for four months, during which time he inspected several local collections. In addition to a certain number of Han and Tang pieces, the vast majority of the objects described in Records of Antiquities Seen in Changsha had been excavated from Chu tombs in Changsha. The work is considered a path-breaking work: “This is indeed the first work dedicated to the research of Chu culture; Shang is to be credited as a pioneer” (Gao, Hunan Chu mu yu Chu wenhua, 6). Fine set, preserved in a hantao.

References

Gao Zhixi 高至喜. Hunan Chu mu yu Chu wenhua 湖南楚墓与楚文化. Changsha: Yuelu shushe, 2012.

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Item ID: 7819