Sunday, 30 November 2014

Unearthed relics tell you the extravagant life of rulers

China 27 ~November 2014

These button-shaped golden ornaments with a ram's horn pattern unearthed from the tomb of Emperor Jing of the Han Dynasty on Mount Dayunshan. Emperor Jing of Han in 154 BC defeated principalities in the war later known as the Rebellion of the Seven States. He rewarded his son, Liu Fei, for his bravery in the war and gave him the title Jiangdu Wang (the king of the Jiangdu district, now in Jiangsu province). Jiangdu district became increasingly rich, capitalizing on its geographic location and natural condition. Liu enjoyed a lavish life and exotic treasures. The relics unearthed in Liu Fei's tomb on Mount Dayunshan reflect the extravagant court life of his time. [Photo/]

These relics once formed part of a jade beltThe belts leather decayedleaving a set of shell-shaped jade andtwo pieces of jade tablets edged with bronze.

These giltdeer-shaped lamps are 45 centimeters high.

This small solid object was used on the corner of a mat to keep the mat from curlingMats were placed on theground to be used as seatsas there were no chairs during the Han Dynastypeople just sat on the groundThemats have a tendency to move easily when people sit down or stand upSo four mat-weights named JiaYiBingDingrespectivelywhen placed on the top of the corners of a matwill prevent the mat from moving

The handle of an umbrella is lavishly decorated.

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