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Table 2 Elemental composition of gold artefacts found in Xigoupan M2

From: China and the steppe: technological study of precious metalwork from Xigoupan Tomb 2 (4th–3rd c. BCE) in the Ordos region, Inner Mongolia

Sample Object Spot Metal Elements (wt%)
No Au Ag Cu
XGP 1769.7 Gold plaque with reclining horses Front 85.7 14.3
81.3 18.7
89.2 10.8
91.0 9.0
Average 86.8 13.2
Back 81.1 18.9
81.8 18.2
81.5 18.5
85.0 15.0
Average 82.3 17.7
XGP 1770.8 Gold appliqué with deer Front 79.6 18.9 1.5
83.2 15.5 1.3
82.7 15.9 1.4
Average 81.8 16.8 1.4
Back 78.1 20.6 1.3
79.5 19.1 1.4
78.4 19.7 1.9
Average 78.7 19.8 1.5
XGP 1776.14 Gold appliqué with beasts facing one another Front 91.0 9.0
89.9 10.1
88.4 11.6
89.0 11.0
88.6 11.4
88.8 11.2
Average 89.3 10.7
Back 88.3 11.7
90.5 9.5
91.2 8.8
89.5 10.5
Average 89.9 10.1  
XGP 1785.23 Gold appliqué with a standing eagle Front 90.1 9.9
90.9 9.1
90.6 9.5
88.2 11.8
89.8 10.2
Average 89.2 10.8  
Back 86.4 12.6 1.0
90.4 9.6
93.2 6.0 0.8
89.3 10.7
90.9 9.1
Average 90.0 9.6 0.4