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Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets

BY :Sophia

UPDATED :March 22, 2019

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The Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets is 52-centimeter-high, it drumhead measuring 77.5 cm in diameter and its body decorated with patterns of flying egrets . It was unearthed from a tomb from Western Han dynasty and is now kept at the Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

这个西汉铜鼓,竟然这么酷!Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets

这个西汉铜鼓,竟然这么酷!Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets铜鼓小资料

名称:翔鹭纹铜鼓

尺寸:通高52厘米,面径77.5厘米,足径90厘米

时代:西汉

类型:石寨山型铜鼓

来源:1972年出土于广西西林县普驮粮站“二次葬”墓

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Similar to the bronze bucket from the tomb of King Zhao Mo of Nanyue, the drum has on it vivid carvings of ancient people boating and dancing.

这个西汉铜鼓,竟然这么酷!Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets

 

On the chest of the drum there are six boats carrying six paddlers each. Most of the paddlers wear feathered hats and three are naked. Egrets holding fish in their mouths and water birds can also be seen on the bows, and swimming fish are spotted in the water.

这个西汉铜鼓,竟然这么酷!Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets

On the waist of the drum there are eight sets of carvings, from which two or three people wearing feathered hats can be seen dancing and egrets flying above their heads.

这个西汉铜鼓,竟然这么酷!Bronze drum with patterns of flying egrets

Chinese characters "百廿斤 (120 kilograms)" were carved at the foot of the drum. But actually the drum weights about 30.75 kilograms.

The drum is originated from Yunnan at Southwest China, but was found in Guangxi in Southeast China, which hints the spread of drums across areas in China.

What's more, it shows us the scene of ancient people exploring the sea in as early as Han dynasty and provides important materials for us to study the early development of the ancient Maritime Silk Road.

 

Source: WeChat(丝路云帆)

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