April 2, 2006:

[achtung! kunst] *archaeology* : Rare painted earthenware unearthed from 1,500-year-old tomb

X-post from Tim 't Hart's EastAsianArch list.
With kind permission.


Rare painted earthenware unearthed from 1,500-year-old tomb

www.chinaview.cn 2006-03-07 20:20:39

ZHENGZHOU, March 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists have discovered
rare earthenware painted blue from a 1,500-year-old tomb in Luoyang, an
ancient city in Central China's Henan Province.

The tomb, dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), is located
at a site with groups of ancient tombs near the Chongyang Mausoleum of
Emperor Sima Zhao of the Western Jin Dynasty (265 - 317 A.D.).

Over 60 cultural relics including lacquer, jade items, bronze objects
and earthenware were excavated from the tomb. Among the relics, the most
valuable one was a painted earthen figure in the shape of an ancient maid.

Both the front and back parts of the earthen maid were painted bright
blue, a color rarely used in the period. The earthenware of the Northern
Wei Dynasty usually had red, white and black paint.

Based on the study of the delicate creation skills of the unearthed
earthen figures in the shape of ancient musicians or warriors, the
experts indicated that the tomb belongs to a high-ranking official or
member of a noble family in the period.




with kind regards,

Matthias Arnold (Art-Eastasia list)



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