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Bronze tally reflects highly centralized military leadership of Qin State

Updated: Aug 25, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The left half of a two-piece tiger tally is one of the most precious cultural relics of the Shaanxi History Museum. [Photo/sxhm.com]

Discovered in Ducheng village in the southern suburbs of Xi'an city, Shaanxi province, in 1973, the left half of a bronze two-piece tiger-shaped tally from the Warring States Period (475-221 BC) is the one of the most precious treasures of the Shaanxi History Museum.

It is a sign to be used by the authorized power that governs the village to deploy the troops of the Qin State (770-207 BC), reflecting its highly centralized military leadership.

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