Lecture: Stories of Oracle Bone Inscriptions — a Pivotal Link in Chinese Civilization | Downtown Alliance

Lecture: Stories of Oracle Bone Inscriptions — a Pivotal Link in Chinese Civilization

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Nov 24, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
China Institute
Discovered 120 years ago by Wang Yirong (王懿荣), Chancellor of the Qing Imperial Academy in Beijing in 1899, Jiǎgǔwén (甲骨文 or oracle bone inscriptions, OBI) refers to scripts engraved on animal bones and turtle shells, mostly for divination and events recording dating back to 1600 BC. Hundreds of thousands of oracle bones were unearthed during the last century. The inscriptions represent not only the earliest known Chinese writing system but also the oldest extant documents concerning various aspects of the Shang royal house, from sacrificial rituals to wars. The Shang OBI brought the legendary Shang Dynasty from a foggy mist into a vivid historical reality. To mark the 120th anniversary of the discovery of OBI, the Renwen Society presents a lecture by Dr. Kuang Yu Chen Rutgers University on the oracle bone script. Dr. Chen’s lecture will discuss the following topics: discovery of OBI, past and current study of OBI, how OBI is used to date the origin of the Chinese writing and the illustration of the vivid Shang royal life through a number of famous OBI pieces. 40 Rector Street.
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