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This is a music and dance performance in Hubei Provincial Museum in Wuhan. The set of chime bells in the background and the music that is played are about 2,400 years old. Here is some more information from

There are 8 kinds and 125 pieces of musical instruments excavated from a tomb, including bells, stone chimes, and drums, Se, Zithers, Sheng, Panpipe and Chi, in which chime bell is most famous. As the heaviest musical instrument in the world, this set of chime bell, with a total weight of 2,500 kilogram, consists of 65 pieces.

Gold inscriptions of 3,755 words were carved on the body, the frame and hung hooks recording the order of bells, events, notes and records of note names, scale names, octaves and musical pitch connection between other states.

This set of chime bell of Marquis Yi of Zeng reflected the achievements in multi fields such as musicology, study of musical pitch, acoustics and metallurgy. It is one of the major archaeological discoveries in the 20th century.

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