Structural and compositional analysis of a casting mold sherd from ancient China
Zong, Yunbing1; Yao, Shengkun1,2; Lang, Jianfeng3; Chen, Xuexiang3; Fan, Jiadong1,2; Sun, Zhibin1; Duan, Xiulan1; Li, Nannan1; Fang, Hui3; Zhou, Guangzhao4; Xiao, Tiqiao4; Li, Aiguo4; Jiang, Huaidong1,2
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AbstractCasting had symbolic significance and was strictly controlled in the Shang dynasty of ancient China. Vessel casting was mainly distributed around the Shang capital, Yin Ruins, which indicates a rigorous centralization of authority. Thus, for a casting mold to be excavated far from the capital region is rare. In addition to some bronze vessel molds excavated at the Buyao Village site, another key discovery of a bronze vessel mold occurred at Daxinzhuang. The Daxinzhuang site was a core area in the east of Shang state and is an important site to study the eastward expansion of the Shang. Here, combining synchrotron X-rays and other physicochemical analysis methods, nondestructive three-dimensional structure imaging and different elemental analyses were conducted on this mold sherd. Through high penetration X-ray tomography, we obtained insights on the internal structure and discovered some pores. We infer that the generation of pores inside the casting mold sherd was used to enhance air permeability during casting. Furthermore, we suppose that the decorative patterns on the surface were carved and not pasted onto it. Considering the previous compositional studies of bronze vessels, the copper and iron elements were analyzed by different methods. Unexpectedly, a larger amount of iron than of copper was detected on the surface. According to the data analysis and archaeological context, the source of iron on the casting mold sherd could be attributed to local soil contamination. A refined compositional analysis confirms that this casting mold was fabricated locally and used for bronze casting.
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Funding ProjectFundamental Research Funds of Shandong University[2014JC007]
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000396311700090
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Corresponding AuthorJiang, Huaidong
Affiliation1.Shandong Univ, State Key Lab Crystal Mat, Jinan, Shandong, Peoples R China
2.ShanghaiTech Univ, Sch Phys Sci & Technol, Shanghai, Peoples R China
3.Shandong Univ, Dept Archaeol, Jinan, Shandong, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Shanghai Inst Appl Phys, Shanghai Synchrotron Radiat Facil, Shanghai, Peoples R China
Corresponding Author AffilicationSchool of Physical Science and Technology
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Zong, Yunbing,Yao, Shengkun,Lang, Jianfeng,et al. Structural and compositional analysis of a casting mold sherd from ancient China[J]. PLOS ONE,2017,12(3).
APA Zong, Yunbing.,Yao, Shengkun.,Lang, Jianfeng.,Chen, Xuexiang.,Fan, Jiadong.,...&Jiang, Huaidong.(2017).Structural and compositional analysis of a casting mold sherd from ancient China.PLOS ONE,12(3).
MLA Zong, Yunbing,et al."Structural and compositional analysis of a casting mold sherd from ancient China".PLOS ONE 12.3(2017).
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