||Historical setting and approaches to the study of an ancient state in Warring States China -- Life, death, and identity in Zhongshan : sorting out the archaeological evidence -- Royal mortuary practice and artifacts : hybridity, identity, and power -- Inter-state politics and artistic innovation during the reign of King Cuo -- Statecraft and Zhongshan bronze inscriptions -- Funerary architecture, kingly power, and court politics.
|Scope and content
||"In this book, Xiaolong Wu offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of the Zhongshan state during China's Warring States period (476-221 BCE). Analyzing artefacts, inscriptions, and grandiose funerary structures within a broad archaeological context, he illuminates the connections between power and identity, and the role of material culture in asserting and communicating both. The author brings an interdisciplinary approach to this study. He combines and cross-examines all available categories of evidence, including archaeological, textual, art historical, and epigraphical, enabling innovative interpretations and conclusions that challenge conventional views regarding Zhongshan and ethnicity in ancient China"--Provided by publisher.