Han Dynasty Toy Story: Uncovered Relics Belong to the Son of ‘Loose Morals’ Emperor Liu

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A collection of small toys and a seal bearing a name – these are the remnants of the lost childhood of a Chinese emperor’s son. His father was tossed from the throne just 27 days after the emperor gained his title, but the controversial ruler from about 2,000 years ago has certainly left his mark on history; not just for his short reign, but also the immense cemetery where he and his loved ones were laid to rest.

Daily Mail reports the boy had been buried with a toy tiger he could drag along beside him, some bronze animal and kitchen playsets, and a collection of small gold ingots. Jade, crystal, and agate artifacts were also discovered in the tomb.

Examining some of the artifacts discovered in the disgraced emperor’s son’s tomb. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

According to Xinhua, archaeologists were able to confirm the tomb as Liu He’s son’s when they unearthed a metal seal inscribed “Liu Chongguo.”

A metal seal inscribed “Liu Chongguo” was found in the tomb. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

Li Cunxin, a researcher with the Chinese Society of Social Sciences, said that excavators have not found any human remains such as bones or teeth in Liu Chongguo’s tomb. Researchers were only able to identify who Liu Chongguo was by examining historical documents. It was then that they found the burial place belonged to Haihun marquis Liu He’s first son, who died before reaching adulthood.

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