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interpretation on patterns of the bronze ware set 2
« on: May 30, 2013, 10:29:55 PM »
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The Bronze Ware gold and silver commemorative coins (set 2) remind us of the wonderful bronze times. The ancient patterns engraved on the glittering gold and silver coin are telling different legends of the era. The history, the story, the culture uniquely yet permanently demonstrate the most cherished characters of the people.

 The bronze ware set 2 fully displays the solemn, splendid, magic and imaginative facet of the bronze ware with the sacred coin design and plump and complex ancient patterns, charming the appreciators. The set includes 5 pieces, including 2 gold coin and 3 silver, all of which are legal monetary of P.R.C. The obverse pattern of all coins are the national emblem of P.R.C; the reverse are the most representative bronze ware in late Shang Dynasty: Simuxin Square Ding (ancient cooking vessel), Fuhao Xiao(bird name) Zun(ancient wine vessel), Fuhao double square Yi (ancient wine vessel), Simuxin Gong (ancient wine vessel), Fuhao Square Jia (ancient wine vessel). The pattern of each bronze ware is also used as background for the coin, which perfectly reflected the uniqueness of the five classic bronze wares. We can even feel the power of the coin set traversing the history and reality. I think, it is the designer’s interpretation of the bronze ware culture with the modern conception, and the persuasion of the source of the vigorous power.
We know that, the Chinese bronze ware do not only have a wide varieties, but also beautiful patterns featured with unparalleled creativity and profound cultural connotation that have drew great attention of many bronze ware researchers. The patterns on the bronze ware are like the ancient totems, reflecting the anticipation, inspiration, fear, and depression of our ancestors. They contain not only a magic and fascinating world of symbols but also a huge world of emotion.
Many patterns and decorative motifs are included in the Set 2, such as the beast face, nipple, cicada, feather, odd beast, dragon, tiger and “回”shape patterns. The patterns on the 1/4 oz gold coin, in particular, are the most complex and awesome. The patterns have unique styles in technique of expression, each of which has their own significance for creation and application.
Take Fuhao Xiao Zun for example. Fuhao was a legendary female general adept both in pens and swords, who were involved in national affair discussion, presided over ritual, and led the war against the countries such as Qiang and Tufang. Xiao was the sacred bird favored and worshiped by people of Shang. Some experts even thought the Shang people took Xiao as the god of war, which guarantees the victory against enemies; other experts take Xiao as the symbol of power. Whatever, we can fell the great appeal of Xiao, which is embodied in image of Xiao and the innumerable patterns on it.  
The Fuhao Xiao Zun is unique in shape, with harmonious patterns of each part and vivid feather on the head, giving appreciators great artistic appeal. It deserves the reputation of the god of war, and also demonstrates the Shang people’s pursuit for innovation and perfection. Here, the Fuhao Xiao Zun is the praise and tribute to Fuhao. The various patterns, the bronze ware shape and the imitation of the image of Xiao are lively, with unique interpretation and aesthetic consciousness of our ancestors. Just like we also interpret the world with post modern symbolic terms and the cultural psychology developed for thousands of years. Thus, we are entering this magic and sacred world in our own way.  
From the coin design of the set, we can see change on orientations of artists. In my point of view, if the bronze ware set 1 focuses on the primitive beauty of the Chinese bronze ware, the set 2 emphasizes the grandeur and magnificent style and the positive spirit. The complex patterns and the symmetrical surface design reflect the particular style of the nobility. It is taken for granted that the Simuxin Square Ding, as ritual supplies of the royal family, symbolizes power and position. Fuhao Double Square Yi stands out among bronze wares unearthed in the Yinxu Tomb (the site for the capital city of late Shang Dynasty). It is like the splendid hall, imposing the grandeur style. The symmetrical design shows the solemn and luxury, which we can see in it the prosperous and stable ancient society and our ancestors working in peace and living in contentment.
At the bottom of the reverse side of the coin is the decorative pattern of the bronze ware, which does not only enriches the major image of the coin, but also emphasizes and better interpret it. Roughly looking, it is like the reflection of the bronze ware or the silhouette of the history, which deeply impresses the appreciators. If we look at it with the modern aesthetic conception, we can feel the allurement of remoteness. If looking carefully, we can
feel the profoundness that brings us back to the times, when people are enthusiastic about engraving the pictures on their illusions, understanding about beautiful things, and worship of gods (animals) on the bronze ware, forming the ever changing patterns of the it. There is history, reality, and even people’s longing for the future contained in the patterns. When we touch the surface of the bronze ware, we can really feel the warmth of the emotion of our ancestors. It is at the moment of the touching when we calm down and communicate with our ancestors emotionally.

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Re: interpretation on patterns of the bronze ware set 2
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