Ex­perts re­store 1400-year-old crown

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Chi­nese arche­ol­o­gists have re­stored a 1,400-year-old royal crown, which be­longed to the wife of Yang Guang, or Em­peror Yang of Sui, the sec­ond and last monarch of the short-lived Sui Dy­nasty (581-618). The crown was un­earthed in the tomb of the queen, known as Empress Xiao, in 2012 in Yangzhou, eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

It is the old­est of­fi­cial crown of a queen ever found in China.

The flow­ers made of gilded bronze wires are very del­i­cate with clear shapes of stalks, petals and sta­men. The dec­o­ra­tions are gold col­ored, and flicker with move­ment. crown, inch by inch, to re­store 13 flower dec­o­ra­tions. The flow­ers made of gilded bronze wires are very del­i­cate with clear shapes of stalks, petals and sta­men. The dec­o­ra­tions are gold col­ored, and flicker with move­ment. The crown was made with a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing bronze wire, gold, pearls, cot­ton and silk. Shu Ji­ap­ing, head of the Yangzhou In­sti­tute of Arche­ol­ogy, said that lab re­search had helped re­dis­cover the ma­te­ri­als and an­cient tech­niques used for mak­ing a royal crown.

Xin­hua

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