In March 2021, Chinese archaeologists unveiled more than 500 newly excavated artifacts from the Sanxingdui ruins site in Southwest China's Sichuan Province. Among the relics, a fragment of a gold mask dating back 3,000 years has drawn wide attention.
Weeks later, a young man became a media sensation when his video of hand making a duplicate of the gold mask went viral. People's curiosity about the look of the complete mask was satisfied.
The man is Wang Shen'ge, better known by his pseudonym Cai Qian. Four months later, he successfully reproduced another famous relic from the Sansingdui discovery, a gold staff weighing 463 grams, 143 centimeters long and 2.3 centimeters in diameter.
To reproduce the relics, Cai bought gold bars, visited museums, studied the relics and learned how to be a goldsmith. He spent about 450,000 yuan ($66,000) and used about 1,400 grams of gold.
Cai Qian, born in 1996, has been fond of crafts since childhood. In 2017, he started uploading videos of making various accessories, such as combs, chopsticks and knives, on Bilibili, a Chinese video-sharing website.
Now he has over 4.3 million followers and his videos have drawn about 130 million views.
Cai Qian is a humble name. It's from the Chinese idiom Cai Shu Xue Qian, which means one is to be wanting in ability and shallow in knowledge.
Amazed by his works, the deputy curator of Sanxingdui Museum even offered him a job to restore relics, which Cai Qian turned down politely. He said he is just an amateur and there is still much to learn to be a professional relic restorer.
(Story by Huang Jingjing; Video: Global People magazine)