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Bronze Tiger-Shaped Tally of Du County

The Warring States Period

Length: 9.5cm   Height: 4.4cm   Thickness: 0.7cm

Discovered in 1973 by Villagers at Shenjiacun in the South Outskirt of Xi'an

The tiger tally was designed to be split in half. The Emperor held the right half, and the left half was at Du county. It was used exclusively to mobilize armies in ancient China. The left half of tally is in the shape of a walking tiger. When fitted together with the right half, a troop unit of more than 50 soldiers could be dispatched. It was the symbol of highly centralized military leadership in Qin Dynasty.