The Shang Dynasty

Primary History article

By Alice Kirk, published 27th April 2018

How to investigate history through art and explore art through history

The Shang Dynasty of ancient China is a perfect topic to explore history alongside art and design. The only written information that remains from the Shang period is from the inscriptions found on oracle bones or artworks.

Most of what we know about the Shang has been determined from the art they created. By exploring the artworks we can gain a much deeper understanding of the Shang, as well as a greater appreciation of art and craftsmanship.

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