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Mawangdui Tomb 3, Wooden Bianqing (10 pieces with a wooden frame) (Wooden Qing)

The wooden frame of the bianqing has fallen apart; one mallet has no handle. The 10 pieces of the bianqing and one mallet are well preserved. The Bianqing, including the frame and mallets, is made of wood. The handles of the mallets are made of bamboo. The Bianqing is a set of L-shaped flat chimes with suspension holes. The wooden frame consists of one beam, two upright columns and two square bases. There are 10 holes on the beam where the chimes were hung with ropes. Length of the beam: 50.7cm, heights of the upright columns are 16.4cm and 16.7cm. The two square bases are 6.5cm long, 4.5cm wide and 2.6cm high. The mallet has a short wooden column with an oval section as its head and has a long bamboo strip inserted in the side as handle. The Bianqing, including its frame and mallets, has a plain design with no decorative patterns.

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    12th year of Emperor Wen's reign, Western Han dynasty (168 BC)
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    Hunan Museum
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  • Repository:Hunan Museum
  • Measurements:Total length: 10.0cm, length of handle: 8.8cm, length of the mallet heads: 2.0cm, head diameter: 0.8-1.2cm