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[28 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng: Heaviest Instrument in the World | 3,011 views]
Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng: Heaviest Instrument in the World

The excavation of Bianzhong shocked the archaeologists around the world, because two thousand years ago, it is extremely rare in the history of world culture to have such a beautiful instrument, such a magnificent band. The successful casting of Bianzhong not only shows China’s great achievements in bronze casting technology, but also shows China’s level of development in ancient musical temperament. It is a crystallization of high wisdom of ancient Chinese people, and a pride of the Chinese nation.

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[9 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Great Jade Ge: the King of Dagger-axes | 1,636 views]
Great Jade Ge: the King of Dagger-axes

China had a large stone industry in Neolithic times. As early as 4500 BC, people on China’s east coast employed fine polished stone axes and knives. The working of jade was an extension of this. Jade was used for beautifully coloured and prestigious versions of everyday tools.

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[29 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on Changyang Tianzun Statue: Taoism Flourished in Tang Dynasty | 807 views]
Changyang Tianzun Statue: Taoism Flourished in Tang Dynasty

In Tang Dynasty, the royal family worshiped Taoism. Laozi was crowned as the ancestor of royal family and a major god. Taoist temples were built across the country. Therefore, Taoist statue gained great development during the time. At that time, Taoist statue had gradually formed its own unique style.

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[7 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on Nirvana Tablet: Buddhist Stone Carving of Tang Dynasty | 878 views]
Nirvana Tablet: Buddhist Stone Carving of Tang Dynasty

At 302 centimeters high, 97 centimeters wide, the tablet was originally engraved in 691 AD for Dayun Temple. The temple has been destroyed long time ago in the history. This stone tablet survived and was collected in 1957. Revolving around the key subject of Nirvana, there are six different stories carved on this stone tablet.

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[22 Aug 2010 | Comments Off on Riders on Horseback: A Wall Painting in the Tomb of Lou Rui | 2,158 views]
Riders on Horseback: A Wall Painting in the Tomb of Lou Rui

The murals are divided into two parts:

On the walls of ramp, the lower section of walls of courtyard, corridor, and main chamber, the paintings illustrate Lou Rui’s military career and life scenes before his death;

On the upper walls of corridor, courtyard, chambers and gates, those paintings depict the illusory fantasy in which the tomb owner ascended to heaven and returned to the Western Pure Land after death.