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        China's Early History

        This media gallery introduces China's early history (c. 2200 B.C.E. – 256 B.C.E) through a document from the Library of Congress and images from the Bridgeman Art Library.

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        China's Early History: c. 2200 B.C.E. – 256 B.C.E

        Click on the image above to view a Country Study of China, from the Library of Congress, that introduces China's early history (c. 2200 B.C.E. – 256 B.C.E) covering the Xia, Shang, and Zhou Dynasties.

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        Spouted ritual wine vessel (Guang), Shang dynasty, early Anyang period (c. 1300-c. 1050 B.C.) (bronze)


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        Three-legged 'chueh' vessel for heating wine with a taotie design, from Ming-Kung-Lu, Zhengzhou, Henon, Shang Dynasty,16th-15th century BC (bronze)

        Chinese School. coupe tripose a vin a decor de masques taoties; Medium: bronze. Provenance: People's Republic of China / Giraudon / The Bridgeman Art Library

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