Shang dynasty

Objects from the Shang dynasty give us clues to the concerns of people more than 3,000 years ago.

c. 1600–1046 B.C.E.

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War and Sacrifice: The Tomb of Fu Hao
War and Sacrifice: The Tomb of Fu Hao

The discovery of Fu Hao’s tomb and the material objects she used in life and death confirmed Fu Hao’s role as one of the most important female military commanders, warriors, and ritualists in the history of ancient China. 

Lidded ritual ewer
Lidded ritual ewer

This container was one of many that was used to hold wine, water, grain, or meat in sacrifices to ancestors or in ritual banquets by Shang kings.

Tigers, dragons, and, monsters on a Shang Dynasty Ewer
Tigers, dragons, and, monsters on a Shang Dynasty Ewer

Tigers, dragons, and, monsters on a Shang Dynasty Ewer

Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1050 B.C.E.), an introduction
Shang dynasty (c. 1600–1050 B.C.E.), an introduction

Learn about how the Shang people left many legacies for later generations in China

Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty
Oracle Bone, Shang Dynasty

The writing on these bones is 3000 years old, but scholars can decipher an incredible 40 percent of the characters.

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