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Exploring Chinese bronzes at 11 Chinese museums

Baoji Bronze Ware Museum, Shaanxi province

Updated: Oct 15, 2021 govt.chinadaily.com.cn Print
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The Plate of Lai (water vessel) from the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC), from the permanent collection of the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum. [Photo/www.bjqtm.com]

With a history of over 2,700 years, Baoji city, in Shaanxi province, is home to many cultural relics and historical sites. It is best known for its bronze and enjoys the reputation of “the hometown of bronze”.

The Baoji Bronze Ware Museum is the first bronze-themed museum in China for the collection, preservation, exhibition, and research of ancient Chinese bronze ware. The museum occupies a land area of 34,800 square meters, with its main complex covering 10,000 square meters, and has already collected over 12,761 cultural relics since opening.

In the permanent exhibition of the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum, “the Civilization of Bronze Casting”,more than 1,500 locally unearthed bronze pieces from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (c.16th century BC-AD 220) are on display, including the Qiang Basin (food vessel),the interior inscription of which is considered a masterpiece of calligraphy;the Zhe Gong (wine vessel), a standard bronze vessel and a representative work of bronze casting with exquisite craftsmanship; the Bo of Duke of Qin (percussion instrument), which has been instrumental in researching the history of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and understanding the bronze casting techniques and music culture of the Qin State (770-207 BC) during the early Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC); and the Plate of Lai (water vessel),whose inscription on the bottom lists the emperors of the Western Zhou Dynasty and outlines the history of the dynasty.

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The Bo of Duke of Qin (percussion instrument) from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) is a precious treasure of the Baoji Bronze Ware Museum. [Photo/www.bjqtm.com]

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