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Performance from Western Han Dynasty 'captured' in pottery

Updated: 2023-05-18 15:57 ( english.jinan.gov.cn )
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The figurine in the front, wearing a long vermilion robe, seems to be singing or chanting loudly. [Photo/Jinan Daily]

The whole clay plate was like a photo of a public performance, showcasing the moment of singing and dancing in that era.

The mixed performance is Baixi (a hundred plays), which dates back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and flourished in the Western Han and Eastern Han dynasties (206 BC-AD 220).

According to Cihai, a large-scale dictionary and encyclopedia of the Chinese language, Baixi refers to a diverse range of performances including ancient aerobatics, singing, dancing, martial arts, and beast training.

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