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Anyang Museum (安阳, Ānyáng)


Around 2000 BC the legendary sage-kings Zhuanxu and Emperor Ku are said to have established their capitals in the area around Anyang from where they ruled their kingdom. Their mausoleums are today situated in Sanyang village south of Neihuang County.

At the beginning of the 14th century BC King Pangeng of the Shang Dynasty established his capital 2 km north of the modern city on the banks of the Huan River. The city, known as Yin, was the first stable capital in Chinese history and from that point on the dynasty that founded it would also become known as the Yin Dynasty.

The capital served 12 kings in 8 generations, including Wu Ding under whom the dynasty reached the zenith of its power, until it was wiped out along with the dynasty that founded it by King Wu of the Zhou Dynasty in BC 1046.

Learn more here and here.

See also related page: Yin Xu - Ruins of Shang Capital


Google translation of the introduction to this video clip:

1, E Tai Fang Ding Division home
In 1939, unearthed in Anyang City in Henan had a Shang dynasty bronzes dating back 3000 years, the Division E major Fang Ding mother. Ding
1.3 meters high, mouth 1.1 m long, 78 cm in width, thickness 6 cm and weighs 832.84 kilograms. Ting on both sides have been enacted to ear In contrast,
Rectangular, four-foot tripod empty Suozhu patterns are Yunlei Wen to the end of abdominal wall are inscribed the words E Division home.
According to research, the Division adopted the mother E major Fang Ding Tao Fan casting containing: copper (84.77%), Sn 11.64%, lead 2.79%,
And other trace metals 0.8%. This is a business legend Wang Ding Ding (BC 1112-1102) for the worship of his mother - E
The casting, in today's world, one of the most representative of the bronze.

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