Tuning key with gold and silver inlay - (3473) Tuning key which was used to tune a stringed musical instrument, most probably a'qin' (kind of a cither). It is cast in bronze and inlaid with gold and silver wire. It is also decorated with some colored stones, which are glass or carnelian. At one end is a very realistic sinewy dragon.This rare object dates from the Han period (206BC - 221AD). Interesting are the last photos which show the condition in which it entered our collection. A similar gilt bronze tuning key was discovered in Guangzhou in 1983 in the tomb of the king of Nanyue. The difference will be reimbursed. ALSO SEE OUR OTHER ITEMS SUCH AS CHINESE SILVER, HATS, SEWING ITEMS, MING POTTERY OBJECTS, CHINESE & AFRICAN BRONZES, COLONS. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Other Chinese Antiques". The seller is "lowlands-collection" and is located in this country: NL. This item can be shipped worldwide.