3,000-year-old ‘gold body mask’ revealed – found in Shang Dynasty city ruins
Unveiling the “Golden Funeral Mask” – Xinhua said the Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archeology in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, is central China revealed that a group of archaeologists had discovered “body mask” Made of gold, more than 3,000 years old, in the tomb of the ancient nobles in Zhengzhou City. the capital of Henan
The mask, 14.5 centimeters wide, 18.3 centimeters long and weighing 40 grams, was found in a recently excavated grave, reports said. Ruins of the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC)
“The size of the mask indicates that it was used to cover an adult’s face,” said Huang Fucheng, an official at the Zhengzhou Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology. In addition, a group of archaeologists have also found more than 200 artefacts from the above tomb, including gold. bronze and jade
China has discovered a large amount of gold artifacts from the ancient ruins of Shanxingdui in Sichuan province. south-west of the country But it was very rare to find gold objects from the cultural ruins of the Shang Dynasty in the Central Plains. Experts believe the new findings could provide additional information about the burial rituals and gold culture of the Shang Dynasty.