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Myanmar bronzes and the Dian cultures of Yunnan

Moore, Elizabeth Howard (2010) 'Myanmar bronzes and the Dian cultures of Yunnan.' Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, 30 . pp. 122-132.

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Bronze artefacts from the Samon Valley (circa 19-22º N, 95-97ºE) in central Myanmar are strikingly similar to pieces from Lijiashan, 80 km south of Kunming, Yunnan. The affini-ties to Lijiashan are greater than those to the larger and more renowned cemetery of Shizhaishan. The dates of the Samon Culture overlap with the earlier Dian cemeteries. Most of the Samon finds are not found outside Myanmar, such as small wire packets, floral ornaments and 'mother-goddess' figures. The Samon Valley and Upper Myanmar may be the areas referred to in Chinese texts as beyond the „barbarian‟ regions that came under Han control in the early centuries CE. And, as seen in Yunnan at this time, the Samon Culture may have experienced political change reflecting Han expansion and fluctuating alliances between Myanmar, Yunnan, and South Asia.

Item Type: Journal Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Art and Archaeology
ISSN: 18351794
Depositing User: Elizabeth Moore
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 15:17
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/14641


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