3000 Year Old Gold Mask Discovered in Sichuan Province
23-03-2021 Tuesday 8:00pm
A 3,000 years old ceremonial gold mask has been found at an archaeological site in Sichuan province in China, it has become an overnight social media sensation in the country. The artefact weighed about 280 grams and is estimated to be made from 84% pure gold.
The gold mask has become an unexpected social media sensation in China after the discovery. As soon as the latest batch of discoveries was announced on Saturday, the users of microblogging platform Weibo started making pictures superimposing the mask on the faces of pop culture figures.
According to the experts, the discovery of one of the 500 Bronze-Age relics could provide new insights on the ancient Shu state, which ruled the area before 316 BC. But the mysterious half-faced mask has also spawned a popular meme and tribute videos on social media, BBC reported.
The museum also released a promotional animated music video starring the mask and other artefacts, while a rap song created by a TV host praising the "intelligence" of the ancient civilisation has gone viral.
In addition to the gold mask, archaeologists at Sanxingdui have found bronze pieces, gold foils as well as artefacts made from ivory, jade and silk. It is not the first time a Chinese artefact has attracted the attention of social media users - in August, another relic was found to resemble the pig characters in popular video game Angry Birds.
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