3,000-year-old ‘gold body mask’ revealed – found in Shang Dynasty city ruins

3,000-year-old ‘gold body mask’ revealed – found in Shang Dynasty city ruins

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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)

More than 3,000 years old - found in the ruins of a city during the Shang dynasty.

Archaeologists have discovered a gold “funeral mask” dating back more than 3,000 years in an ancient noble’s tomb in Zhengzhou, the capital of central China’s Henan province, local authorities said. (Xinhua)

“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.

The mask measures 18.3 cm long and 14.5 cm wide, and weighs around 40 grams. It was found in a recently discovered tomb at the ruins of a city from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), according to Zhengzhou’s municipal institute of cultural heritage and archaeology. (Xinhua)

The artefact is among a number of gold goods recovered from the tomb, which has yielded more than 200 burial objects, including bronze and jade wares. (Xinhua)

A large number of gold items were discovered at the famous Sanxingdui Ruins site in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, but they are rarely found at Shang Dynasty cultural relic sites in the central plains. Experts believe the new findings could shed light on the dynasty’s burial rituals and gold culture. (Xinhua)

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