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date: 24 January 2020

Xiasi [Hsia-ssu]locked

  • Colin Mackenzie



Chinese necropolis in Xichuan County, Henan Province, consisting of 25 tombs and 5 chariot pits dating from the late 7th century bc to the late 6th. Tomb M2, the largest tomb, has a shaft measuring 9.2×6.5 m in plan, at the bottom of which was a wooden coffin chamber measuring 7.7×4.5 m; the tomb probably belonged to an official of the southern state of Chu, Wei (or Yuan) Zifeng (d 548 bc), and tombs M1 and M3 to his wife and concubine. Tomb M2 yielded the set of seven tripods (ding) cast for a prince and chancellor of Chu, Wangzi Wu (Prince Wu), between 558 and 552 bc (all the Xiasi bronzes are in Zhengzhou, Henan Prov. Mus. and Henan Prov. Cult. Relics Res. Inst.; see China, People’s Republic of §VII 3., (iv) ).

Other bronzes recovered from the tombs include a chime of 26 bells (the Wangsun Gao ...

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