Bronze Drums in China (Illustrated)


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Bronze Drums in China (Illustrated)


Series: Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity (A Set of 15 Titles)


Author: Jiang Tingyu, Liao Mingjun

Translator: Wu Huijuan

Order No. 1112

ISBN-13: 9781622460069

ISBN-10:  1622460065

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books

Pub Year: 2016

Language: English

Size: 6.5 x 9.5

Page: 191

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About the Book



Bronze drums, as a special type of percussion instrument, are one of the most important archaeological artifacts widely distributed in Southern China and several Southeast Asian countries. In China, bronze drums have been put into use by many ethnic groups ever since pre-historic times, particularly in southern China’s Yunnan province and southwestern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Generally, scholars prefer to name each type of bronze drum after the very place where it is found, as a result of which bronze drums in China can generally be categorized into eight types. Each type boasts its own distinctive features and unique cultural connotations.


This book introduces bronze drums widely employed by many ethnic groups for various purposes such as worshiping God, mourning the dead, praying for rains, celebrating important and special festivals, wedding ceremonies or even new-house entering, etc. Ever since their initial emergence in China, bronze drums have been gradually developed to be invaluable artworks that integrate carving, portrait, ornamentation, music and dancing arts. They are indeed a living fossil of China’s brilliant folk culture.


Titles in the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity series, a set of 15 titles:


9781931907866: Shaolin Kungfu

9781931907873: Taijiquan

9781931907880: Chinese New Year Painting

9781622460014: Anshun Local Drama in China

9781622460021: Dehua Porcelain in China

9781622460038: Huzhou Writing Brush in China

9781622460045: Mount Tai Steles in China

9781622460052: Silk and Bamboo Music in Southern China

9781622460069: Bronze Drums in China

9781622460076: Folk Legends of Gengcun in China

9781622460083: Quanzhou String Puppetry in China

9781622460090: Cantonese Opera in China

9781622460106: The Glove Puppet Show in China

9781622460113: Sichuan Opera in China

9781622460120: Violet Sand Crafts in China


About the Author


Jiang Tingyu was born in Guangxi. Working on field archaeology and studying local history, he has done much in-depth research on bronze drum. He served successively as the leader of Guangxi Archaeological Team and the curator of the Guangxi Museum. He used to work as a council member of the Archaeological Society of China, the director of the Academy of Chinese Ancient Bronze Drum, and the leader of Guangxi Cultural Relics Scholars Team. He is now a member of Guangxi Research Institute of Culture and History, having published over 100 academic papers, and more than 10 academic books including Art of Bronze Drum, Zhuang Bronze Drum, etc.


Liao Mingjun, Zhuang Nationality, was born in Yizhou city of Guangxi. He used to work as the dean of National Culture and Art Research Institute of Guangxi, and the chief editor of National Arts, and now is working at the College of Ethnology and Sociology of Guangxi University for Nationalities as a professor and supervisor of postgraduates. He has been working on the study of national arts and intangible cultural heritage, and published over 200 academic papers and more than 30 books including Zhuang Nationality’s Worship of Natural Culture, Bronze Drum Culture, etc.


About the Translator


Wu Huijuan is currently in her third year of the MA program in English language and literature at the College of Foreign Languages, Zhejiang Normal University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Xinjiang University of Finance and Economics in 2011. Her main academic research field as an MA student is translation.

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