Tracing the early origins of the grassland civilization

Updated: 2017-09-05 By Song Mengxing (chinadaily.com.cn) Print


A cultural square features a gold crown-shaped pavilion, an imitation of an object unearthed in a local archeological site.[Provided to China Daily]

Ordos bronzeware is representative of the implements of the grassland tribes in northern China from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC) to the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 24). As the bronzes have close ties with Eurasian grassland ethnic culture, related studies have become an international academic subject.

The Ordos bronzes are mainly practical instruments and fall into four categories of use — weaponry and tools, ornaments, utensils, and carriage accessories. The main Ordos bronzes include daggers, copper tools and axes.

Bronze enthusiasts can visit the Ordos Bronze Museum, which is located in the city's Dongsheng district and open to the public free of charge. The original museum was built in 1963, but the present one opened in 2015.

The new building has an exhibition area of about 6,000 sq m, and houses a collection of about 10,000 objects.

As well as its permanent display, the museum offers themed education, and is also engaged in collection, protection and research.

It is an important venue for Chinese and foreign visitors to learn about the history of the grassland culture of Ordos, representatives at the museum said.  


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