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Art and Warfare in Ancient China

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The celebrated collection of Stephen Junkunc, which comes to auction again on 10 September, is exemplary in numerous respects, but one of its most fascinating facets is the number of archaic warfare instruments, both ceremonial and functional. These include chariot ornaments, fittings and weapons, many of which are comparable to those found at important excavations. These splendidly decorated and impeccably crafted objects hint at the majesty and power of ruling kingdoms of ancient China.

Art and Warfare in Ancient China

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