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date: 22 November 2019

Hejia cun [Ho-chia ts’un]locked

  • Bent L. Pedersen

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[Ho-chia ts’un]

Site in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. A hoard of precious objects from the Tang period (ad 618–907) was discovered in the village in 1970. Two large pottery jars contained about 1000 objects of both Chinese and foreign origin, including jades, precious stones, medicinal minerals such as cinnabar, stalactite, amethyst and litharge, coins and more than 270 silver and gold items. The hoard was buried within the area of the Tang capital, Chang’an, at the site of the mansion of Li Shouli, Prince of Bin, who died in ad 741. Some Chinese coins and silver discs date to the Kaiyuan reign period (713–41; the latest inscribed date on a silver disc corresponds to ad 731). There were also five coins from Japan, minted between 708 and 715. Thus, the treasure was possibly hidden in ad 756, when the Prince’s son fled from the capital with Emperor Xuanzong (...

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