Material Culture, Power, and Identity in Ancient China, Hardback Book

Material Culture, Power, and Identity in Ancient China Hardback


In this book, Xiaolong Wu offers a comprehensive and in-depth study of the Zhongshan state during China's Warring States Period (476-221 BCE).

Analyzing artefacts, inscriptions, and grandiose funerary structures within a broad archaeological context, he illuminates the connections between power and identity, and the role of material culture in asserting and communicating both.

The author brings an interdisciplinary approach to this study.

He combines and cross-examines all available categories of evidence, including archaeological, textual, art historical, and epigraphical, enabling innovative interpretations and conclusions that challenge conventional views regarding Zhongshan and ethnicity in ancient China.

Wu reveals the complex relationship between material culture, cultural identity, and statecraft intended by the royal patrons.

He demonstrates that the Zhongshan king Cuo constructed a hybrid cultural identity, consolidated his power, and aimed to maintain political order at court after his death through the buildings, sculpture, and inscriptions that he commissioned.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 260 pages, 7 Tables, black and white; 5 Maps; 82 Halftones, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Oriental art
  • ISBN: 9781107134027



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops