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Maria Khayutina. The Story of the He Zun: From Political Intermediary to National Treasure

Cast to forge an alliance between the royal family and the local nobility, the He Zun-- a large bronze libation vessel bearing an extensive insciption --played a significant role in politics at the dawn of Chinese statehood. This article traces the history of the zun, unearthed by a farmer near Baoji in Shaanxi province in 1963, and explains the importance of the inscription in establishing the origins of the Zhou dynasty, as well as the vessel's role in China today.
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May - June 2019
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