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Xinzheng [Hsin-cheng]locked

  • Alain Thote

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[Hsin-cheng]

County and small county town in Henan Province, China. In 1923 approximately 100 stylistically diverse bronzes, ranging in date from the 8th to the 6th century bc, were discovered at Lijialou during the digging of a well. The site is probably the tomb of a prince of the small state of Zheng, who reigned during the first half of the 6th century bc.

The earliest ritual vessels include li tripods, gui vessels and a square fang yan vessel for steaming food (for illustrations of vessel types see China, fig. ). Shapes and decoration, the latter composed of large-scale dragons in low relief with wide, ribbon-like bodies, connect the vessels with those dating from the first part of the Eastern Zhou period (771–256 bc) excavated at Shangcun ling , Henan Province.

Of three series of bells from Xinzheng, one consisting of four bo, one comprising nine yong zhong and one with ten ...

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