Golden Sun Bird

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Golden Sun Bird
Jinsha sunbird golden foil.jpg
Size12.5 cm in diameter
Present locationChengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum

The Golden Sun Bird (simplified Chinese: 太阳神鸟金饰; traditional Chinese: 太陽神鳥金飾; pinyin: Tàiyáng Shénniǎo Jīnshì) is an ancient artifact, unearthed in 2001 from the Jinsha Ruins in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, China.[1]

It is a ring-shaped piece of foil, made of nearly pure gold. The pattern consists of four birds, flying in the same counterclockwise direction, located around the perimeter. The center is a sun pattern with twelve points. It is 12.5 cm in diameter, with a 5.29 cm inner diameter. It has a thickness of 0.02 cm, and weighs 20 grams.[2]

The piece is from the late Sanxingdui culture, and is now located in the Chengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum.


In 2011, the city of Chengdu selected the Golden Sun Bird as the design for its logo.[3] The sun bird was used as the elements of the 2021 Summer World University Games in Chengdu.


  1. ^ unknown. "Gold Sunbird". Chinese Treasures. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ ":: 新华网 :: - 地方联播". 2005-08-16. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ "Chengdu Unveils its New City Logo". 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-10.