Tang Dynasty tomb murals restored in China’s Shanxi

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An ancient tomb with rare murals dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) has been restored in north China’s Shanxi Province, according to the Taiyuan Northern Qi Dynasty Mural Museum.

Tang Dynasty tomb murals restored in China's Shanxi
Part of restored murals of an ancient tomb dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) in Taiyuan, north
China’s Shanxi Province [Credit: Taiyuan Institute of Cultural Relics Protection via Xinhua]

The tomb was discovered in an elementary school in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi, in 2019 and later moved to the museum for protection and restoration.




According to the epitaph, the tomb owner Guo Xing was a mid-ranking military officer in the Tang Dynasty. The roof, walls, coffin bed, corridors and the doors of the tomb were all decorated with exquisite murals.

Tang Dynasty tomb murals restored in China's Shanxi
The tomb was discovered in an elementary school in Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi,
in 2019 and later moved to the museum for protection and restoration
[Credit: Taiyuan Institute of Cultural Relics Protection via Xinhua]

Defects in the murals such as fissures, hollows and blemishes have been fixed, and the tomb will open to the public in the future, said the museum.




Interestingly, various figures in the mural paintings appear to be making “V” signs with their middle and index fingers.

Tang Dynasty tomb murals restored in China's Shanxi
Interestingly, various figures in the mural paintings appear to be making
“V” signs with their middle and index fingers [Credit: Taiyuan Institute
of Cultural Relics Protection via Xinhua]

The exquisite murals of the tomb reveal the noble status of the tomb owner and attest to its historical, artistic and scientific value, said Feng Gang, a researcher at the Taiyuan Institute of Cultural Relics Protection.

Source: Xinhua News Agency [December 28, 2021]

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