In the mid 20C, excavations were carried out which revealed 45 tombs dating from the Dian kingdom (4C-2C BC). Kunming City Museum has rebuilt some of these and also houses exhibits such as bronze drums, cowrie shells, engraved sword blades, sapek coins, decorated buttons and belt buckles, and a copy of a gold seal which symbolised the alliance between Emperor Hanwu and the king of Dian. Also worthy of note is a carved and dated pillar from the Dali kingdom (10C-13C).
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