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The Practice of Imagery in the Northern Chinese Steppe (5th - 1st Centuries BCE)

Author:
KOST, Catrin.

Publisher:
Bonn : Vor- und Frühgeschichtliche Archäologie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität

Publication Year:
2014




Table of Contents:


Preface by Emma C. Bunker ..................................9
Acknowledgements ..............................................11
Introduction ........................................................13

Theoretical and methodological considerations
regarding images .................................................... 17

Image and image object – an attempt towards a definition ..................18
The medium as a message? ................................................. 20
Agents, storage media, copies, symbols – the image of images ............22

Remarks on the general approach in this work ................ 28

History of research ................................................. 29

Definition of the research area ................................... 35

The archaeology of the research area .......................... 40

South of mount Manhan – the Maoqinggou culture ...............41

In the Ordos region – the Taohongbala culture ....................48

Southern Ningxia and eastern Gansu – the Yanglang culture ..........55
   
The Xiongnu Empire ..................................................... 59

Contacts between the northern Chinese steppe and the Dian culture? 
    ..............65

THE HISTORICAL CONTEXT ............................................. 69

In good times as in bad – the instable relationship between the
Chinese and the Barbarians as depicted in written sources ...............70

Wild animals and kings of the left and right –
the northern peoples as portrayed in written sources ..................... 78

Between concreteness and imagination – remarks on the reliability of written sources     81

REMARKS ON SOURCE MATERIALS AND
CRITERIA FOR INTRODUCING QUALITY GROUPS ....................... 83

OF BELT BUCKLES, BELT HOOKS, AND BELT PLAQUES .................86

THE CLASSIFICATION OF THE MATERIAL
WHICH IS THE FOCUS OF THIS STUDY .....................101

DESCRIPTIONS OF MOTIFS .......................................103

THE DISTRIBUTION OF MOTIFS, MATERIALS AND
FORMAL PROPERTIES IN TIME AND SPACE ............................... 129

SUMMARY AND FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS ............................ 139

Motif groups and motifs: Indications for an intentional use? ............... 139

Individual depictions: Indicators of the local subsistence strategy? ...... 140

Formal properties of belt plaques – 
suggestions on the interpretation of similar patterns of distribution ...............141

BELT PLAQUES AND IMAGES IN THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONTEXT ..... 143

THOUGHTS ON THE STATUS OF THE PERSONS BURIED WITH BELT PLAQUES .................................. 149

SUMMARY AND INTERPRETATION ................................167

IMAGES AS ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOURCE?

RÉSUMÉ AND FUTURE RESEARCH ..............................171

BIBLIOGRAPHY ........................................................173
GLOSSARY . ............................................................196
CATALOGUE ............................................................200
MAPS .................................................................... 247
PLATES .................................................................. 263

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