Imperial Tombs in Tang China, 618-907: The Politics of Paradise

1st Edition

Tonia Eckfeld

Routledge
Published May 12, 2011
Reference - 180 Pages - 50 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415674928 - CAT# Y119539
Series: Routledge Studies in the Early History of Asia

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Summary

Intellectually and visually stimulating, this important landmark book looks at the religious, political, social and artistic significance of the Imperial tombs of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). It traces the evolutionary development of the most elaborately beautiful imperial tombs to examine fundamental issues on death and the afterlife in one of the world's most sophisticated civilizations. Selected tombs are presented in terms of their structure, artistic programs and their purposes. The author sets the tombs in the context of Chinese attitudes towards the afterlife, the politics of mausoleum architecture, and the artistic vocabulary which was becoming the mainstream of Chinese civilization.

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