China Southern asymmetric shape of the copper ax
|Course||Archaeology and Museology|
|Keywords||South China Asymmetrical shape copper axe The Bronze Age|
The asymmetric shape copper axe was a typical bronze all over South China andSoutheast Asia in ancient times. It had a great variety and exquisite sculptures. We canalso find that our ancient ancestors used the images of the asymmetric copper axes onthe bronze drums, copper buckets, and copper axes in the Bronze culture in SouthChina. They were used throughout the whole Bronze Age in the south area of China.Synthesizing the asymmetric shape of copper ax unearthed up to now in South China,and comparing with the asymmetric shape copper axes in early Bronze Age, the authorthinks the asymmetric shape copper axes of South China was not just originated fromonly one place. Its origin can be roughly divided into A and B systems. And the twosystems have different original places. The early asymmetric shape copper axes ofsystem A must be the imitation of the stone knives with hilt during the period ofSongze、Liangzhu culture in Jiangsu and Zhejiang area. Those belonging to system Bcopied the asymmetrical shoulder stone in Guangxi area. Moreover, the two systemshad different evolution transmission lines. However, they got together in Guangxi,Yunnan and North Vietnam and formed several distribution areas for the asymmetricalshape copper axes with unusual local characteristics.Formed a total of Zhejiang in theYangtze River region, South region, Dianchi Lake area, the Nu River area,north-central area of Vietnamese local features several highly asymmetric shape bronzedistribution.Meanwhile, with the evolution and transmission of the asymmetrical shapecopper axes, its original functions also changed from initial utility implement intosacrificial vessel. The asymmetrical shape copper axes gradually became an importantpart in the bronze culture of South China.