Horses Ceramic Bronze & Jade Found In 2700 Year Old Tomb

A tomb believed to have belonged to an ancient royal household has been unearthed in central China. 21 huge tombs have been found, six horse pits and around 500 pieces of copper, ceramics and jade.

The tomb probably belonged to a royal family from the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 BC). The tomb was discovered by archaeologists in the city of Sanmenxia in Henan province.

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An Antiques Dealers Quest

Cheng Yong appreciates a Chinese antique at the Nagel Auction House in Stuttgart, Germany.Photo: Courtesy of Cheng Yong
Cheng Yong appreciates a Chinese antique at the Nagel Auction House in Stuttgart, Germany.Photo: Courtesy of Cheng Yong

Back in 2002, Shanghainese  Cheng Yong made his first overseas trip to the city of St. Petersburg in Russia. As a literature enthusiast, Cheng was eager to experience for himself the city’s well-known cultural highlights.

There, Cheng not only encountered Russia’s famed artworks, but also a number of extraordinary Chinese antiques, the type of which he had never seen in his homeland. Over the 10 years before his trip, Cheng had traversed most parts of China visiting museums, antique shops and historical sites to better appreciate and learn about Chinese antiques.

“More than half of all top-grade Chinese antiques are scattered overseas,” said Cheng. And during the past 10 years, Cheng has acted as an advisor in helping roughly a dozen Chinese collectors to buy back more than 200 antiques pieces from abroad.

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