ART-2030 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: Negative Space

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China Study Guide Section 3
Shang vs Zhou Bronzes. What are the 2 main
differences between them? One is more
“social/cultural” than the other; explain what
this means.
Using Shang examples, explain Bronze
casting. What materials is bronze made of?
What %s are needed? How do molds work?
Explain the “individuality” of Shang bronzes.
The Shang used a bronze casting process
known as the Long Wax Process
begin with a solid clay core of what they
wanted it to look like
there was more clay that made up the outer
parts of the mold
after the clay was hardened,
the decoration was carved in
the reverse, or backwards.
They would then pore bronze,
which was made of 85%
copper and 15% tin, between
the core and outer mold.
Shang bronzes were very
unique and had some
“individuality” to them
each piece would
require the mold to be broken in order to release the bronze from the mold
the bronze work couldn’t be mass produced exactly the same
each new piece required a new mold and thus each piece would be
slightly different
Fish fin-like shapes where mold comes together
Guang had about 10 molds
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Social/cultural than the other; explain what this means. The shang used a bronze casting process known as the long wax process. Begin with a solid clay core of what they wanted it to look like. There was more clay that made up the outer parts of the mold. After the clay was hardened, the decoration was carved in the reverse, or backwards. They would then pore bronze, which was made of 85% copper and 15% tin, between the core and outer mold. Shang bronzes were very unique and had some. Each piece would require the mold to be broken in order to release the bronze from the mold. The bronze work couldn"t be mass produced exactly the same. Each new piece required a new mold and thus each piece would be slightly different. Fish fin-like shapes where mold comes together. Shang vessel would have used 16-17 molds.

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