Yunyang “Jingyun Stele” becomes the most precious treasure of Three Gorges Museum
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- The “Jingyun Stele” is a must-see object when people visit Yunyang Museum. According to the Cultural Relics Management Office, the “Jingyun Stele” preserved in Yunyang Museum is a replica, while the original “Jingyun Stele” is preserved in Chongqing Three Gorges Museum for its high archaeological value and artistic value, which stood out among over 100,000 cultural objects and was selected as one of 10 most precious treasures.
A replica of “Jingyun Stele” preserved in Yunyang Museum (Photographed by Duan Sisi)
Top of the replica (Photographed by Duan Sisi)
Chen Yun, director of the Cultural Relics Management Office, said that this exquisite stele is carved with Dragon and White Tiger on both sides. There are also 3 reliefs beside the forehead the stele, with a rosefinch on the left and a rabbit-head figure on the right. The “Golden Crow” and the “Jade Hare” symbolize the sun and the moon. An emissary of the Queen Mother of the West stands at the half-opened door to greet people visiting her in the middle.
Inscription on the stele is an ancient style of calligraphy current in the Han Dynasty, a total of 367 letters in 13 lines, surrounded by incised clouds and birds. According to the inscription, this stele was established in the East Han Dynasty (A.D. 173), which is an exquisite work of great archaeological value and artistic value among steles of Han Dynasty for its fine calligraphy and being perfectly preserved.
Inscription of the replica (Photographed by Duan Sisi)
Though it has been buried underground for near 2,000 years, the writing is clear enough to show the strength and power. For its high archaeological value and artistic value, it stood out among over 100,000 cultural objects and was selected as one of 10 most precious treasures. (Translated by Mao Qiao, Fathom Language Limited)