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【Online】The King Demands Hot Water

Topic: The King Demands Hot Water

Speaker: Ming-chorng Hwang (Research Fellow and Museum Director, IHP, Academia Sinica)

Time: October 30 (Saturday), 02:00-03:00 p.m.

Location: Live Stream

Today, if desiring to wash with hot water, one simply turns on the faucet and watches warm water flow forth. But from 3,200 to 3,300 years ago during the late Shang dynasty, how did the king of the Shang dynasty, the royal family, and members of the aristocracy freshen themselves up? How did they bathe? And did they use hot water?

Textual materials are insufficient to answer these questions, and so, we must turn to archaeological findings and materials. The excavation of Ruins of Yin in Anyang conducted by the IHP has left us with some clues…

Note: MIHP Open Lecture (2021 Academia Sinica Open House Event)

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Published on 2021-10-26