Trumpet-shape Gold Object

UnknownLate Shang Dynasty, 1100 B.C. - The Western Zhou Dynasty, 771 B.C.

Jinsha Site Museum

Jinsha Site Museum
Chengdu, China

In the shape of a trumpet, the object has a hole in the top. There are three groups of hollow-out thunder and cloud patterns on it. When this object was found, it was stuck to a totally eroded bronze; probably it was used to be an ornament of the bronze. A trumpet-shape bronze was unearthed in the Jinsha site, similar to this gold object in shape and size, and also with a hole in the top. In the No.2 pit of the Sanxingdui site archaeologists unearthed some trumpet-shape bronze bells, the size of which was only half of this trumpet-shape gold object in Jinsha. Further studies are needed to determine whether this gold object is an ornament to a bronze or a gold bell similar to the bronze bell.


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