Peng Peng. Was the Lost-wax Technique Adopted in Pre-Qin Chinese Bronze Art?
Recent intense scholarly debate over the use of the lost-wax process in China prior to the Qin dynasty (221–207 BCE) has focused on the bronze wine vessel (zun) and dish (pan) set from the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng (d. 433 BCE), discovered at Suizhou in Hubei province in 1978 (Fig. 1). Among the thousands of bronze artefacts found in the tomb, the zun-pan set is affirmatively the most complex. The set was probably created for an earlier marquis, whose name was then erased and replaced with that of Marquis Yi, underscoring the tremendous value of this set in Marquis Yi’s time.