The New Year of the Tiger: The bronze dragon and tiger “god beast” is looming


At the beginning of the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese lunar calendar, a bronze dragon and tiger “god beast” is found in the 8th “sacrificial pit” at Sanxingdui.A newly discovered bronze statue with tiger head and dragon body at No.8 “Sacrificial Pit” in Sanxingdui.(Photo by Zhao Hao) It has two horns on its head, a tiger striped body on a gold background, half dragon and half tiger.Zhao Hao, associate professor of The College of Archaeology and Museology of Peking University, who is in charge of the excavation of no. 8 “Sacrificial pit”, said that this is another unprecedented bronze ware, temporarily named it as the bronze statue of tiger head and Dragon body.Tiger head dragon body bronze head.’When it came time to lift the last layer of ivory, we were looking forward to it, because the excavators at the site were sure they were going to see something that had never been seen before.’Zhao hao described his feelings when he first saw the relic.The “tiger stripes” on the body of the bronze statue.The forelimb of the bronze statue stands on a triangular copper bracket, with its rear body upturned and welded to another object, holding a bladed object in its mouth, Zhao hao told reporters.There is also a bird in the front section, and the shade line on the surface of the bird is filled with cinnabar. What is most interesting is that a very round eye is dotted in the middle of the eye of the bronze statue of tiger head dragon with black color (the material has not been tested yet), which can be called the finishing touch.The base is 55 centimeters wide and 85 centimeters high, and some of it is still in the soil.The bird in the front section of this relic.(Photo by Zhao Hao) “Sanxingdui has been shaped like a dragon before, but this is the first time that it appears in this size and in the form of a round carving.There is still a lot of soil on the surface of the relic. I believe it will be very beautiful after it is cleaned.”Zhao Hao said.As for the purpose of the bronze, “I really don’t know what it was for,” Mr. Zhao said. “One is that it hasn’t been fully uncovered yet, and the other is that it’s not an isolated object, but part of a larger one.”(Source: Xinhua)

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