The gold mask was found in the remains of a Shang dynasty (1600BC-1046 BC) tomb in Shangcheng county, Henan province. Photo: Weibo
The gold mask was found in the remains of a Shang dynasty (1600BC-1046 BC) tomb in Shangcheng county, Henan province. Photo: Weibo

Ancient Chinese gold mask raises a wealth of questions about Shang dynasty culture

  • Relic found in royal tomb covered whole face to ensure spirits remained whole, archaeologist says
  • Discovery predates Sanxingdui mask that made headlines around the world last year

The gold mask was found in the remains of a Shang dynasty (1600BC-1046 BC) tomb in Shangcheng county, Henan province. Photo: Weibo
The gold mask was found in the remains of a Shang dynasty (1600BC-1046 BC) tomb in Shangcheng county, Henan province. Photo: Weibo
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