Golden Sun Bird

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Golden Sun Bird
Size12.5 cm in diameter
Weight20 grams
Present locationChengdu Jinsha Ruins Museum

The Golden Sun Bird or the Sun and Immortal Birds Gold Ornament (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.

Logo Function[edit]

It is the logo of China Cultural Heritage. In 2011, the city of Chengdu selected the Golden Sun Bird as the design for its logo.[3] The pattern is featured on the coat of arms of Joseph Tang Yuange, Catholic Bishop of Chengdu since 2016, as well as on the coat of arms of the Diocese of Chengdu. The sun bird was also used as the elements of the 2023 Summer World University Games in Chengdu.

See also[edit]


  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. Archived from the original on February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ "Chengdu Unveils its New City Logo". 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-10.