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Bronze container a masterpiece from heyday of Chinese Bronze Age

Updated: Sep 8, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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Visitors look at the Square-Sectioned Lei Container of Min at the Hunan Museum. [Photo/IC]

Unearthed at Maoshanyu in Taoyuan county, Hunan province in 1919, the Square-Sectioned Lei Container of Min from the Shang Dynasty (c.16th century-11th century BC) was added to the permanent collection of Hunan Museum in 2014 after being kept and traded overseas for nearly a century.

With its extraordinary relief and intaglio motifs, this ancient artifact is referred to as the “King of Square-Sectioned Lei Containers” and exemplifies works made during the heyday of the Chinese Bronze Age.

Inscriptions on the interior of the Lei container's lid and its ink rubbing [Photo/hnmuseum.com]

 

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