2019-05-15 14:16:20 source: 齐鲁晚报；Translator: Yongliu He
While visiting an exhibition of unearthed cultural relics of Jiading District in Shanghai, a netizen found a mind-boggling artifact.
Take a look at it!
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So what is it? Modern rusted bottle caps...or rusted bottle caps from an ancient civilization?
Did the grave robbers have a quick drink to give himself Dutch courage before robbing the tomb? Or...are they exhibited just to make up the number?
The ancient artifact truly blows netizens’ mind!
"Where are the bottles? Returned?"
"You win one more drink!"
With a bit futuristic appearance (for the people in Ming Dynasty), the antique is not as puzzling as it appears.
According to the museum guide, the weird-looking antique, 1.2 cm in height and 2.8 cm in diameter, is a Ming Dynasty silver pomander unearthed at the Li Xinzhai family tomb in Jiangqiao Town of Jiading District, Shanghai in 2007. Now it is kept in Shanghai Museum. The pomander’s rim takes the shape of the twist-off crown cap. The top has a carved Chinese character “香” (English: aromatic powder), indicating that it is a cosmetics container.
Now I get it! These antiques are in pair...If they are in pairs, how can we open it up? Twist around by hand?
Erudite netizens finds a perfect pair for these bottle-cap-alike artifacts.
They need a cup as well.
The crystal cup made during Warring States Period was unearthed in Hangzhou in 1990. It is currently collected and exhibited in Hangzhou Museum.
Many ancient objects remain perplexing to this day. They really have a way of captivating the public!