Colin James
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Wu Zhu coin of the Han Dynasty.  Three types of coins were minted during the early years of the Han dynasty: ban liang, san zhu and wu zhu. Ban liangs were denominated in 12, 8 and 4 zhus. Another innovation of the Han was the inclusion of rims to protect the inscriptions from wear.  Da Quan Wu Shi during the short reign of Wang Mang.  The wu zhu coin was first minted under Emperor Wu in 118 BC. It became the longest used coin type in Chinese history by replacing the ban liang coins.

Patina is a tarnish that forms on the surface of copper, bronze and similar metals, stone; a sheen on wooden furniture produced by age, wear, and polishing; or any such acquired change of a surface through age and exposure.

Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) with 'Taotie' Decor, 12th century BC Vessel Chinese , 12th century BC Shang dynasty, c. 16th-11th century BC Creation Place: China

Covered Ritual Wine Vessel (Fangyi) with 'Taotie' Decor, century BC Vessel Chinese , century BC Shang dynasty, c.

Wine Vessel You in the Shape of Owl (鸮卣)  Late Shang Dynasty (c. 1600-1046 BC)   商代晚期

An ancient wine vessel displayed at a Shanxi museum reminded visitors of the popular game Angry Birds.

Lidded ritual ewer (he) with dragons ca. 1200-1100 B.C.E. Shang dynasty Bronze H: 6.6 W: 16.3 D: 15.0 cm Yangzi River Valley, China

Lidded ritual ewer (he) with dragons ca. Shang dynasty Bronze H: W: D: cm Yangzi River Valley, China

Exhibition of A Great Variety of Dings(tripod cauldron) Henan Museum

Exhibition of A Great Variety of Dings(tripod cauldron) Henan Museum

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Nine sons of the Dragon Tao Tie bronze vessel.