The Gold-leaf Sunbird

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-08-04

The circular gold leaf featuring four flying birds surrounding the sun which is believed to be made by the ancient Chinese some 3,000 years ago, was excavated from the Jinsha Ruins in the western suburbs of Chengdu on February 25, 2001, which is one of China’s most important archaeological discoveries at the start of the 21st Century. It was selected as the logo of “China Cultural Heritage” by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage on August 16, 2005.
The pattern showing complex aesthetics and exquisite craftsmanship reflects ancient Chinese people's worship for the sun and the Chinese nation's spirit of being hardworking, enterprising and inclusive. It also embodies Chengdu’s distinctive characteristics of being open, inclusive and dynamic.

Jinsha Site Museum

More than 5,000 relics, including items of gold, jade, bronze and stoneware, as well as a metric ton of intact elephant tusks are on display in the Jinsha Site Museum.

Oct 19, 2014

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