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Bronze antlered crane

  The bronze antlered crane was excavated from the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng at Suizhou, Hubei province,1978. This is one of the most astonishing bronze sculputures from Chinese ancient world. Its an imaginary auspicious creature consists of crane's body and deer's antler. Its head, neck and antler are decorated with gold-inlaid cloud patterns. Little remains of the turquoise that was originally inlaid on the back and along the edges of the wings.

  This treasure was found next to the east side of the coffine of Marquis Yi, which hints at its significance in the tomb. It has been suggested that the creature was intended to communicate between human being and heaven. Because of the tomb was excavated from Suizhou, the local people regard this animal as symbol of the city.