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Ancient Chinese Encyclopedia of Technology: Translation and Annotation of Kaogong ji (the Artificers' Record) 考工記

Author:
Jun Wenren

Publication Year:
2012

Publisher:
Routledge





Abstract:

This book presents the first translation into English of the full text of the Kaogong ji. This classic work, described by the great scholar of the history of Chinese science and technology Joseph Needham as "the most important document for the study of ancient Chinese technology", dates from the fifth century BC and forms part of the Zhouli (The Rites of the Zhou Dynasty), one of the great Confucian classics. The text itself describes the techniques of working and the technologies used by over twenty different kinds of craftsmen and artificers, such as metal workers, chariot makers, weapon makers, music instrument makers, potters and master builders. This edition, besides providing the full text in English, also provides a substantial introduction and other supporting explanatory material, over one hundred illustrations of ancient Chinese artefacts, and the original Chinese text itself.

Table of Contents:

PART I --

1. Opening paragraphs --
2. Wheelwrights (lunren) --
3. Chariot-basket makers (yuren) --
4. Pole makers (zhouren) --
5. Metal workers (gong jin zhi gong) --
6. Forging founders (zhushi), smelting founders (yeshi), and sword smiths      (taoshi) --
7. Bell founders (fushi) --
8. Measure makers (lishi), plough makers (duanshi) (lost) --
9. Cuirass makers (hanren) --
10. Skinners (baoren) --
11. Drum makers (yunren), tanners (weishi) (lost), and furriers (qiushi) (lost) --
12. Painters (huaren), embroiderers (huiren) --
13. Feather dyers (zhongshi), silk printers (kuangren) (lost) --
14. Silk cleaners (huangshi) --

PART II --

15. Jade makers (yuren), comb makers (jieren) (lost), and carvers (diaoren) (lost) --
16. Stone-chime makers (qingshi) --
17. Arrow makers (shiren) --
18. Potters (taoren), proto-porcelain makers (fangren) --
19. Cabinet makers (ziren) --
20. Weapon-handle makers (luren) --
21. Master-builders, builders, and carpenters (jiangren) --
22. Cartwrights (cheren) --
23. Bow makers (gongren).

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