Zaoqi Qingtongqi Dougong zhi Wenhua Hanyi Tantao [translation : Discussion on the Cultural Connotation of Bracket Set in Early Bronze Vessels]

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Xie, Jing and Li, Mengbi ORCID: 0000-0001-7499-8940 (2019) Zaoqi Qingtongqi Dougong zhi Wenhua Hanyi Tantao [translation : Discussion on the Cultural Connotation of Bracket Set in Early Bronze Vessels]. In: 文物建筑 Wenwu Jianzhu (Traditional Architecture). 12 series . Kexue Chubanshe Science Press, Beijing, pp. 29-37.

Abstract

In Chinese. As an important bracket set in Chinese wooden architecture, dou (and gong) their early form can be identified from some Chinese bronze vessels. In early China, bronze vessels were possessed by the upper classes and were exclusively used for ritual ceremonies. As food and wine containers, bronze vessels were often excessively decorated by various symbols that served for establishing the communication between heaven and earth. In these bronze vessels, the structural function of dougong is largely diminished, while its symbolic function is by contrast augmented. Through discussing the cultural meanings of dougong within its physical context as an attachment to early bronze vessels, we might clearly see that dougong as first a ladle for carrying liquid, can be developed to a totem, symbolizing the connection between earth and heaven. In such a light, hopefully the cultural meanings of dougong in architecture can be better understood.

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/40526
ISBN 9787030622778
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 1201 Architecture
Current > Division/Research > First Year College
Keywords China, wooden architecture, bronze vessels
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