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Relics from tomb of Shang dynasty queen showcased in Changsha

Updated: 2017-10-30

 

An exhibition of more than 450 jade artifacts unearthed from the Fu Hao tomb kicked off on Oct 27 at the Changsha Museum in Changsha, capital city of Hunan province.

 

The "Queen of the Yin-Shang Dynasty" exhibition describes the legendary life of Fu Hao and reveals the mysterious and brilliant culture and civilization of China's ancient Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).

 

According to the organizer, it also memorializes the 90th anniversary of the archaeological excavation of the Yin Ruins, in Anyang, Central China's Henan province, where the Fu Hao tomb is located.

 

An exhibition describing the life of Fu Hao, a legendary queen in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), opened on Oct 27 in Changsha, capital city of Hunan province. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/icswb.com]

 

Fu Hao (Hao is the surname and Fu means a woman in Chinese), was one of the many wives of King Wu Ding and, unusually for that time, also served as a military general and high priestess.

 

The tomb of Fu Hao, discovered in 1976, is the only intact Shang Dynasty royal tomb. Its precious relics reflect the highly-developed level of craftsmanship and social development at the end of the Shang Dynasty.

 

A delicate jade jue is among the Fu Hao tomb exhibits. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/icswb.com]

 

The exhibition will showcase 474 cultural relics, including bronze ware, jade, oracle bones and other instruments Fu Hao used, giving visitors a better understanding of her life, her beauty as a woman, her respected status as a queen and her valor as a soldier.

 

Sponsored by the Institute of Archaeology, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Changsha Museum, the exhibition will last until March 4 of next year.

 

A three-legged bronze piece is one of the precious relics unearthed from the Fu Hao tomb on display at the Changsha Museum. [Photo by Huang Qiqing/icswb.com]

 

Source: Changsha Evening News