Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Ancient Shu Warriors 15-17th century BC (75mm)

A New experience with this scale and having a chance to work with MJ Miniature.
In artisticlly, who's bring me a super holistic landscape for me to understand how professional they are.

Yep, This is it for now, I hope we have a next project to be happen in the 2016.

The Ancient Shu Warriors 15-17th century BC
The kingdoms of Ba 巴 and Shu 蜀 were polities located in the modern province of Sichuan and flourished during the Eastern Zhou period 東周 (770-221 BCE). Ba was located around modern Chongqing 重慶, Shu around modern Chengdu 成都, Sichuan. Both states were separated by mountain ranges from the states of the Central Plain along the Yellow River and were not part of the orbit of the power of the kings of Zhou. Unlike the semi-"barbarian" states of Chu 楚 (modern Hubei), Wu 吳 (modern Jiangsu) and Yue 越 (modern Zhejiang) they did not participate in the political activities of the feudal states of the Zhou empire.

The peoples settling in the regions of Ba and Shu were linguistically and culturally distinct to the Chinese peoples. They were historically referred to as the "hundred Pu" 百濮 and are known by the names of Cong 賨, Ju 苴, Gong 龔, Nu 奴, Rang 獽, Yi 夷, Yan 蜒, Dian 滇, Liao 僚 or Bo 僰, or, more generally, Man 蠻. The cultural diversity can most clearly be seen in the bronze vessels and objects unearthed in Sanxingdui 三星堆. Shapes, patterns and decorations have a clearly visible local character. In the writing system, other characters were used than in the feudal states of central China, as can be seen in a few inscriptions on weapons and seals. Historiographical records were apparently not kept in both Ba and Shu so that the early history of these states is rather obscure and enclouded in mythology and legend.


Artistically adorned with mysterious abstract symbol or monster face. Made by Green Bronze(Bronze is copper ( copper ) was added to an alloy of tin or lead , Green bronze is the modern name given , ancient bronze is reddish yellow). Size: Width 5-7cm, Length 37-60cm

"Ge" (dagger axe) 

Dagger axe that would commonly be called a Ge. It does maintain some characteristics of an earlier type of pole mounted weapon called a k'uei such as the triangular blade with the nei (butt) centered on the yuan (blade). none of my resource materials have an exact match for this piece but very similar pieces may be found in "Ancient Sichuan Treasures From a Lost Civilization" by Robert Baglet p 242, "Ancient Chinese Weapons" by Cheng Dong et al p 108 and "Chinese Bronze Age Weapons" by Max Loehr p 17.


Early independent state of Shu history:
Sichuan (section Ba-Shu Kingdoms) 

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