Chinese bronze inscriptions

The bronze inscriptions (Chinese金文, Pinyin Jinwen or钟鼎文zhōngdǐngwén, ) belong to a group of fonts that are on Chinese bronzes, such as on Zhong ( Chinese bells) and on ritual vessels, such as the three-legged thing to encounter. For many centuries, bronze artifacts have been provided with Chinese characters and they can be found in many places of China. The characters of the bronze inscriptions are sometimes irregular in shape, ie they are not as regularly built, both in its form and in its size and so regularly arranged as in a modern font. Bronzes of the Shang Dynasty are rarely described, more towards the end that the Zhou Dynasty, however, frequently. The inscriptions provide important information about the history of the country and the development of Chinese writing. That in the last years of Daoguang (1821-1851) government period in Qishan, Shaanxi Province, excavated and today in the Palace Museum kept in Taibei copy called Maogong thing毛公鼎from the late Western Zhou Dynasty currently has the longest known bronze inscription 497 characters. To the systematic philological study of these ancient texts, in particular, the Chinese researchers Guo Moruo and Rong Geng have rendered.