Fill the gap of the lack of rubbing materials from Ming Dynasty to 21st century
Most databases of bronze/stone rubbings only have their materials collected till Yuan Dynasty. The “China Bronze and Stone Rubbings Collection” accommodates a huge amount of newly-discovered rubbings from Ming Dynasty, to the Republic period in the 21st century (221 B.C. –2000 A.D.), which occupies 80% of the collection. It’s worthy to notice that most of these rubbings and inscriptions are first-hand resources that have high historical value, also shown to the world in the digital form for the first time.
4-level classification system for quicker, precise search
To solve the searching issue resulted from the traditional classification, the database establishes a new system to classify all the materials. Under the categories of ”Bronze,” “Stone,” and “Others,” there are 4 levels to separate the materials by its topic or the time period. For example, there are 3 categories under the “Bronze” section which are ‘before Shang Dynasty,’ ‘Shang to Zhou Dynasty’ and ‘Qin to Han Dynasty.’ Furthermore, there is a few sub-divisions under each category. For instance, within the category of ‘Inscriptions of Han Chinese,’ there are 2 sub-divisions as Original Rubbing and Gravestone Epitaph. By utilising this system, user gets the higher search accuracy.