Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny    18 / 5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>Life & Culture

Brazen heights

(China Daily)

10:31, April 03, 2012

A sculpture of Simuwuding, one of the country's most famous bronze antiques, stands in front of Yinxu's Archeological Museum. (Photo: China Daily)

In Shang Dynasty, bronze was the most valued metal - a metaphor of power and artistic achievement. Liu Xiangrui and Li Yuefeng visited the palace ruins in Yinxu, Henan province, to find out more.

For a history fan like me, forever pining for a vivid vision of ancient life and culture, going down the passage leading to Yinxu's Archeological Museum was a chance to connect with what lay buried in the past, quite literally.

The museum was built under the earth, so as to not tamper with the natural landscape above it. Walking into it felt like traveling back in time. I suddenly found myself surrounded by antiques from more than 3,000 years ago.

The ruins of the palaces of late Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC) in Yinxu offer a unique and overwhelming view of the ancient kingdom and its society. Numerous relics and the imperial tombs were unearthed here.

Yinxu, in Anyang city, Henan province, is today a lush green field, dotted by structures built on the lines of ancient architecture. The landscape hardly indicated that this was where luxurious palaces stood. For some 255 years this used to be a thriving capital city.

It was only after the excavations, begun in the 1920s - about 3,000 years after the palaces were burnt down when the kingdom lost a critical war - that people's curiosity about this lost kingdom was reignited. Yinxu relics were listed as a World Cultural Heritage in 2006.

Walking into the museum, I was immediately taken by the variety of bronze wares - weapons, sacrificial vessels, musical instruments and artistic ornaments. A lot of these displayed delicately carved, mysterious emblazonry.

Unlike ancient Egyptians who fancied gold, people living in the Shang period cherished bronze wares.

【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:韩莎莎)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Syrian opposition wins more support

  2. Yao says Jeremy Lin's success "unexpected"

  3. Damaged luxury cruise arrived at Malaysian port

  4. Spring migration for wild birds

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Anelka cannot save Chinese football
  2. Quick stop to good progress in N.Korea
  3. EU urged to do Chinese companies justice
  4. A hard-earned, favorable turn for Syria issue
  5. BRICS mulls joint bank
  6. How far away are we from nuclear terrorism?
  7. Benefits, not values, define BRICS unity
  8. China slams Japan's move over Diaoyu Islands
  9. More efforts needed for enhancing nuclear security
  10. Chinese solar companies to fight US tariffs

What's happening in China

Grassroots NGOs staged at crossroads

  1. Cold wave to bring rain to south China
  2. BYD unveils luxury sedan amid gloomy outlook
  3. 121 officials investigated for malpractice: SPP
  4. Forget school bags, bring iPads to class
  5. China enhances tomb sweeping safety

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai