Baihua Li. A Preliminary Study on Ancient Chinese Large Rectangular Bronze Plates
The shape of an ancient Chinese bronze object was determined by its function and utilization and evolved with social priorities and production methods. Early bronzes were mostly three-dimensional utensils. Later, a form of flat bronze plate emerged, which could be mass-produced. This paper presents the preliminary study of these flat plates and their importance in art, religion, and national affairs during the Warring States period (480–222 BCE).