In ancient China, bronze tripod vessels were the official symbols of a kingdom’s authority.

This bronze tripod, measuring 1.13 metre high, was unearthed from a Chu king’s tomb.

Chu Kingdom (1115BC-223BC), located in southern Yangtze River around today’s Hubei and Anhui, was one of a vessel state of Zhou Federation and later became one of the seven most powerful kingdoms during the Spring-Autumn Period & the Warring States Era until First Emperor Qin reunited China as a centralised country in 221 BC.

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