Dust flux, Vostok ice core

Dust flux, Vostok ice core
Two dimensional phase space reconstruction of dust flux from the Vostok core over the period 186-4 ka using the time derivative method. Dust flux on the x-axis, rate of change is on the y-axis. From Gipp (2001).

Monday, January 12, 2015

Zhengzhou Museum

This is a much smaller museum than the better-known Henan museum, where I went last fall.

Nice day, very pale blue sky.

There are only a few galleries, dealing with Neolithic artifacts (bone and stone tools), pottery from early dynastic times, bronze from slightly more recent dynastic times, and carved stone (generally of boddhisatvas).

A lot of my interest is in magic, money, mysticism, and music, so we'll start with those.

Oracle bones, used in divination.

Cowrie shells, used here as money too.

Sculpture of a boddhisatva.

Stone coffin

It wouldn't be music in China without bronze bells.

The museum mainly focused on artifacts found in the vicinity of Zhengzhou, which is an area that was settled in very early times. The exhibits are quite limited in comparison with the Henan museum--no gold, no jade--but on the other hand, there are no crowds.

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