Golden Sun Bird

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Golden Sun Bird
Jinsha sunbird golden foil.jpg
太阳神鸟金饰.JPG
MaterialGold
Size12.5 cm in diameter
Discovered2001
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.

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In 2011, the city of Chengdu selected the Golden Sun Bird as the design for its logo.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ unknown. "Gold Sunbird". Chinese Treasures. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  2. ^ ":: 新华网 :: - 地方联播". Xinhuanet.com. 2005-08-16. Retrieved 2012-02-15.
  3. ^ "Chengdu Unveils its New City Logo". news.ifeng.com. 2011-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-10.