Beijing Capital Museum: WUSE XUANYAO: NANCHANG HANDAI HAIHUNHOU GUO KAOGU CHENGGUO. Splendid Finds: The Archaeological Excavations at the Royal Cemetery of Haihunhou Kingdom in Han Dynasty. Beijing, 2016. 196 pp. Colour plates throughout. 29x23 cm. Wrappers.
GBP 80.00
Catalogue of an exhibition at the Capital Museum in Beijing being the first public showing of the extraordinary and highly-important recent archaeological finds from the Han dynasty Haihunhou site near Nanchang in China's Jiangxi province. The very well-preserved tomb excavated was that of Liu He, the grandson of the Han dynasty Emperor Wu. Liu He ruled China for a mere 27 days, was then deposed and made a Marquis, the first ruler of the short-lived Haihun kingdom. The tomb was intact and is, not least, remarkable for the large amounts of large round and hoof-shaped gold coins found within, together with some 2 million bronze coins - a good number shown in the exhibition. There are also gold-inlaid bronze bells, an exquisite pair of small inlaid bronze shields with designs of animals and birds, small jades, bronzes, lacquer, two goose-shaped 'smoke-catching' lamps and much more of a very high quality. The exhibition showed a total of some 300 items from the tomb, many illustrated here. The catalogue also shows the excavation process. Illustrated throughout in colour. Text in Chinese.
Subjects: Archaeology
Item 170 in List 203.
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