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A visit to Hubei's Suizhou Museum

2017-09-27 09:11 ChineseTime


A handled you, or ancient wine vessel, from the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 to 771 BC).

Reporters participating in a large-scale cultural event on intangible cultural heritage paid a visit to the Suizhou Museum in Hubei province Sunday, exploring the history of the city.

The museum is known as "a kingdom of bronze wares", as it collects numerous bronze pieces in various categories spanning a long period. The most precious treasure of the museum is a bell set unearthed from Leigudun Tomb No. 2 in 1981. The set consists of 36 bell pieces and was made of bronze during the middle Warring States period (475-221 BC). The largest bell weighs 79.6 kilograms and the smallest 5, with the entire set weighing 590 kilograms. The ancient bells can still play music now.


A bronze yan from the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 475 BC), which was used as a food steamer.

Besides the bell set, representative relics unearthed from the tomb of Marquis Yi in the ancient Zeng State are also presented in the museum, demonstrating the culture and life of the mysterious kingdom.

Suizhou Museum, established in 1978, is a comprehensive museum covering relic collection, scientific research, exhibition and chime performance. Suizhou is regarded as the hometown of the ancient musical instruments, as well as the hometown of Yan Emperor in Chinese legend, also known as Shennong, or "holy farmer".


A stone coin mold from the Warring States Period, which was called "an ancient cash printer".


Gold-plated gemstone-inlaid silver floriation from Tang Dynasty (618-907).


The most precious treasure of the museum, a bell set from the Warring States Period.


[chinadaily.com.cn]

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