AH 212 Chinese Art and Visual Culture

Choose one of the below options to respond to:

Option 1: Describe the origin and evolution of the flange. What does Bagley say about the role
flanges played in bronze decoration? Do you agree? Using Bagley’s study of the flange as a
starting point, how do you characterize the relationship between shape, decoration, and technique
in Shang bronze working?

Option 2: Bagley addresses many changes that have occurred (or should occur) in the approach
to studying Shang bronzes. His methodology differs in one great (though relatively simple) way
from the early methodologies employed in the study of Shang bronzes. Describe his overall
approach and provide examples from his article of how this type of approach has changed the
study of Shang bronzes. Is Bagley more concerned with visual analysis or technical analysis or
both? Why? Use examples of arguments proposed by earlier scholars (which Bagley mentions in
the article) and compare them with Bagley’s arguments regarding the history of Shang bronze
casting.

 
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