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Qin Dynasty Weight with Qin Shihuang’s 26th Year’s Edict
Qin Shihuang’s 26th Year’s Edict Weight is an iron cultural relic that dates back to the Qin Dynasty. It has an overall height of 15.80 cm and a diameter of 25.00 cm. It weighs about 30 kg. It was excavated in Baofeng county, Henan province in 1986.
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In 1986, a villager, who was from Baofeng county, Pingdingshan city, Henan province, dug up a Qin Shihuang’s 26th year’s edict weight. This weight is completely cast with pig iron. It has a semispherical shape, flat bottom and a solid structure, with an arched handle at its top. The surface and the bottom are covered with rust. A total of more than 40 characters (of the edict) in seal script were cast in relief from right to left on the surface.
An top view of Qin Shihuang’s 26th Year’s Edict Weight
The bottom of Qin Shihuang’s 26th year’s edict weight
 
The inscription reads: “In his 26th year (221 B.C), Qin Shihuang defeated of all rival states and unified the whole of China. Hence, the people lived and worked in peace, and Qing Shihuang created the new title Emperor. He issued an edict ordering Prime Ministers Wei Zhuang and Wang Wan to formulate a law to standardize the weights and measures, to set a standard for the whole Empire.
The inscriptions on Qin Shihuang’s 26th year’s edict weight