The Shang: The First Chinese Writing System

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Writing System: The Shang set up the first Chinese writing system that while originally depicted pictures of objects, became simplified over time with each character representing a one-syllable word for an object or ideas. The several hundred written symbols were used to write messages on oracle bones and lay the foundation for China’s modern writing system.
Bronze works: The Shang mastered the piece-mold casting technique used to make bronze ritual vessels. This technique allowed numerous vessels to be made from a single mold and is recognized by some art experts to have led to the creation of some of the best bronze works.

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