An article about a router-like artifact in ancient China recently went viral online, Chinanews.com reported on Wednesday.
This unique bronze ware features five round columns standing on a square base at an equal distance between each other, strongly resembling a Wi-Fi router with five tentacles in the eyes of modern people. Some net users even nicknamed it the “West Zhou Dynasty router.”
This 31-centimeter-high piece unearthed in 1959 can be dated back to the West Zhou Dynasty, over 3,000 years ago. The national-level cultural relic and national treasure is housed in central China’s Anhui Museum.
According to the museum’s website, no clues of its functions were found among scholars’ records and literature about the “router-shaped ware.”
No inscriptions, no literary records, or other similarly shaped pieces. It’s even not officially named owing to these reasons.
Early in 1959, the anonymous relic was excavated at a village in southern Anhui province near the Yangtze River, in what is now the Huangshan Airport. Earlier reports speculated that it might be a piece of instrument as five sticks stand for five notes. And some archeologists argued that it’s a pipe holder. But these assumptions were later refuted as no instruments were unearthed in the tomb.
Some academic speculations still need evidence, said Li Yizhi, deputy director of Anhui Museum. And it’s fine that some net users jokingly call it the “West Zhou Dynasty router” for entertainment, Li responded.