국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

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Ancient Chinese Bronze Culture
  • Location

    Special Exhibition Gallery, National Museum of Korea

  • Date

    Sep-16-2021 ~ Nov-14-2021

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The National Museum of Korea is pleased to host this special exhibition on ancient Chinese bronzeware in collaboration with the Shanghai Museum. In 1928, the excavation at the Yinxu ruins revealed the historic existence of the Shang dynasty which had been weilde in the mist. Subsequent excavations revealed that ancient Chinese bronzeware began to be produced in the Xia dynasty founded around the twentieth century BCE.


In ancient times, the kings themselves offered sacrifices to the gods before making important state decisions such as engaging in warfare, and bronze ritual items were produced with the utmost care and effort. Strange designs of monsters and unique forms characterize the features of ritual items for use at sacrifices to the gods. Bronzeware served as ritual items for religious use, but gradually became a means of demonstrating the power of kings and feudal lords. With the advent of ironware bronzeware shifted once again to become articles of everyday life.


Ancient Chinese bronzeware is a unique cultural heritage without any parallel in the world. This special exhibition allows visitors to learn about the evolution of ancient Chinese bronze culture by period, explore the designs and characters inscribed in bronzeware, and encounter aspects of Chinese history reflected in these inscriptions. We invite you to appreciate these bronzeware treasures from the Shanghai Museum that embody the ancient history of neighboring China.



Special Exhibitions Ancient Chinese Bronze Culture September 16-November 14m 2021 Special Exhibition Gallery, National Museum of Korea

Ancient Chinese Bronze Culture (00:53)

청동 굽다리 술잔 제작 과정 How to make a bronze mounted wine vessel 1. 굽다리 술잔 모양 토기 만들기 - 고운 진흙을 이용하여 비슷한 모양의 토기를 만든다. 잘 말린 후 굽다리 술잔과 같은 모양으로 도드라지게 도들새김(陽刻) 한다. 1. Make a mounted wine vessel from clay A vessel is made in fine clay in the form of the desired bronze vessel. The clay vessel is dried and then engraved. 2. 바깥 거푸집 만들기 - 만들어둔 토기에 진흙을 여러 번 발라 바깥 거푸집을 만든다. 2. Make outer molds The clay vessel is coated with layers of clay to create the outer molds. 3. 바깥 거푸집에 무늬 추가⋅글자 넣기 - 바깥 거푸집에 찍힌 무늬 사이에 바탕 무늬를 새겨 넣는다. - 글자 거푸집을 만들어 집어넣거나 바깥 거푸집에 직접 글자를 새겨 넣는다. 3. Add designs and characters to the outer molds - Background designs are engraved between the designs impressed into the outer molds - Molds for characters are made and attached inside the outer molds, or characters are inscribed inside the outer molds. 4. 안쪽 거푸집 만들기 - 토기의 표면을 깎아 안쪽 거푸집을 제작한다. 깎아 낸 부분만큼 굽다리 술잔의 두께가 된다. 4. Make an inner mold - The surface of the earthen vessel is cut away to create the inner mold. The amount of clay cut away will determine the thickness of the final bronze wine vessel. 5. 거푸집 합치기 - 안쪽과 바깥쪽 거푸집을 합치고 말린다. 5. Join the outer and inner molds The inner and outer molds are set together and then dried. 6. 진흙 다시 바르고 굽기 - 풀을 섞은 진흙을 바르고 말려 가마에 넣어 굽는다. 6. Coat with clay and fire - The joined molds are coated with additional clay mixed with glue, dried, and then fired in a kiln. 7. 쇳물 붓기 - 주입구를 만들어 청동 쇳물을 부어 굳힌다. 7. Pour molten bronze into the molds - Channels are made in the fired molds. Molten bronze is poured into the channels and hardened. 8. 청동기 완성 - 식은 뒤 바깥 거푸집을 깨어 내고 청동기의 표면을 다듬어 완성한다. 8. Completing a bronze vessel After cooling, the outer mold is pulled apart and the surface of the bronze vessel is refined.

How to make a bronze mounted wine vessel (01:15)