Thursday, September 8, 2016
The ancient culture in nowadays Sichuan Province, China was vastly different from those originated in the Yellow River region, the mainstream Chinese culture as we know it. Jinsha (Archaeology) Site Museum in Chengdu, China, featured many mysterious artifacts resembled those we would see in Sci-Fi movies.
The most treasurable item was a gold foil wheel of Sun Birds - four cutout mythical birds flying around a cutout swirling wheel, spilling flares just like the sun. Perhaps, it was the red background generated the semblance to the fiery sun; but the effectiveness was uncanny. The design of the birds and the flaring wheel were so modern that it was hard to believe that it was 5-6 thousand year old. One would incline to doubt if this had anything to do with extraterrestrials. This gold wheel was so beautiful and touching that it could bring tears to many.
Another intriguing artifact was a quite small gold mask, whose otherworldliness recalled that of the so-called Mask of Agamemnon. The face looked strange and a smile was as indecipherable as that of Mona Lisa.
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