China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Xi Jia plate, a bronze plate from the Western Zhou Dy­nasty (c. 11th cen­tury771 BC) was sold for 185 mil­lion yuan ($27 mil­lion) at Xil­ing Yin­she Auc­tion’s spring sale in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Satur­day, a record for an an­tique piece in China. The in­te­rior of the plate is en­graved with an in­scrip­tion of 133 char­ac­ters, which records the Western Zhou Dy­nasty’s his­tory, and pro­vides valu­able in­for­ma­tion for the study of the pe­riod. The plate is also the old­est na­tional trea­sure among the bronze wares dis­cov­ered so far.

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