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[28 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Bianzhong of Marquis Yi of Zeng: Heaviest Instrument in the World | 2,919 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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[10 Sep 2009 | Comments Off on Bell Set of Marquis Su of Jin: hear my ancient song | 685 views]
Bell Set of Marquis Su of Jin: hear my ancient song

Near the Village Qu of Quwo County in Shanxi Province, where located the ancient capital of Jin State, there are nine tombs of Jin marquises and their wives. During the early 1990s, grave robbing was rampant in that region, and many precious cultural relics lost overseas.

In December 1992, Ma Cheng Yuan, the head of Shanghai Museum, found this set of 14 antique bells in a Hong Kong antique shop. At that time, many other people thought it’s fake because of its carved insciptions. Mr. Ma is an expert on bronze wares, and he knew they are precious relics. So he bought them and mailed it back to Shanghai.