[SZ] Relics of war: the sword of Goujian
2010-February-9 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Wang explained that the other items come from a tomb found in Wudian Township, Hubei Province, and include 30 bronze sacrificial vessels, eight bronze figures of lambs, horses and birds, eight instruments including the famous Chu chime bells, 32 wooden Dings, 42 weapons and 12 jade artifacts.

Chu was among the five Hegemons of the Spring and Autumn Period and also one of the seven important vassal states of the Warring States Period. During its prime, the state covered a vast area, and commanded thousands of warriors. The Chu controlled wholly, or in part, nine provinces and cities of today. These included Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong and Chongqing.

In the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods, the most important state concepts were si and rong. Si refer to sacrificial ritual and the whole set of rules that went with it, while rong means weapons and battles. Rituals maintained social hierarchy and values and battles of conquest suppressed unrest and rebellions at home and abroad. Owing to these ritual norms, the tombs of the Chu nobles display the characteristics of si and rong. The large number of relics unearthed from the tombs are, accordingly, characteristic of their time.

Exhibition of Chu Cultural Relics from Hubei Province

Time: Now through May 30

Add: Thematic Hall, Shenzhen Museum, Block A, Citizens' Center, Futian District

Ticket: Free

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Closed on Monday)

Animal-shaped hinge decoration inlaid with gold.

  The Sword of Goujian attracts a large number of visitors to the exhibition. Photos by Wang Yuanyuan

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