3,000-year-old bronze cymbal found in central China

CHANGSHA (XINHUA) – A large bronze cymbal dating back to the late Shang Dynasty (about 1600 BC-1046 BC) has been unearthed in central China’s Hunan Province, according to local cultural relics authorities.

The ancient percussion instrument, 52cm in height and 33kg in weight, was found by workers at a construction site in Miluo City’s Changle Town on October 8. Its surface is partially corroded but its shape has remained intact.

“The cymbal is well-preserved, with bold animal carvings on the body as well as decorative cloud and lightning patterns on and around the handle,” said Gao Zhixi, a member of China’s national committee of cultural relics identification and a researcher at Hunan Museum.

Cultural relics experts believe the bronze cymbal was used in ritual activities.

Miluo City is located along the famous Miluo River, in which Qu Yuan, a well-known poet and minister of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period (475 BC-221 BC), drowned himself after he was accused of treason for his well-intended advice to the king and banished.