TAIYUAN SUI YU HONG MU. Sui Dynasty Tomb of Yu Hong in Taiyuan. Beijing, 2005. 18, 317 pp. 90 colour plates plus numerous colour and b/w text drawings. One foldout drawing. 27x19 cm. Boards.
An excellent and detailed excavation report of the Sui dynasty tomb of Yu Hong and his wife, located near Taiyuan in China's Shanxi province. The tomb was built in the form of a single chamber brick building with a sloping roof. Whilst the tomb was pillaged long ago, numerous damaged tomb figurines and some other artefacts remain. The highlight of the excavation was the superbly-carved white marble sarcophagus which bears detailed scenes of daily life, hunting, mythology, banqueting and entertainment that have a strong Central Asian influence, including Sogdian and Sassanian. Many of the figures depicted are Caucasian. Yu Hong served as an emissary to Persia and other places and may himself have been from Central Asia. A superb find, very well-illustrated in colour and detailed drawings. 12 page English abstract. Main text in Chinese. Edited by the Shanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology et al. Slight damage to top of spine. Otherwise fine. Now out-of-print and hard to find.
Subjects: Archaeology Sculpture
Can be ordered in, as of: 13/02/2017
Was item 291 in printed List 186.
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