Tuesday, November 11, 2008

the golden mask

At the Jinsha Site Museum outside of Chengdu, I'm wowed by how many years humans have lived in the region [well? How many?} and by the culture of the Shu Kingdom. This is a rare relic --- a golden mask used in classical Chinese dances. To appreciate and understand the different ethnicities of China today and the dances performed by the Sichuan Song and Dance Troupe, do I need to know ancient Chinese history?
Chengdu located in southwest China, is the capital of Sichuan province and a sub-provincial city. It is the fifth most populous city in China.
More than four thousand years ago, the prehistorical Bronze Age culture of Jinsha established itself in this region.

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