A bronze ‘ding’ vessel on show. [Photo provided to China Daily]

An exhibition,

Traces of the State of Rui

, brings together more than 230 bronze, gold and jade objects unearthed from the Shaanxi and Shanxi provinces to unveil the face of Rui, the once booming and glorious state that lasted four centuries. The state of Rui was established during the Western Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-771 BC). After being merged into the territory of the state of Qin, it was gradually forgotten.

Two archaeological excavations in 2004 and 2005 shed new light on the prosperity of Rui. The exhibition at Shanxi Museum until July 25 illustrates the vicissitudes of Rui, as well as the strict social ranks, etiquette and diverse lifestyles enjoyed by the ruling class.