© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156852009X405339 A Buried Past: Th e Tomb Inscription ( Muzhiming ) and Oﬃ cial Biographies of Wang Chuzhi (863-923) Angela Schottenhammer * Abstract Th e present article investigates the tomb inscription of Wang Chuzhi (863-923), a military governor whose career spanned the end of the Tang and the beginning of the Five Dynas- ties. By comparing the inscription with representations of the deceased in oﬃ cial sources, the article reveals that the tomb inscription presents a critical attitude toward the moral standards of conventional historiography, and demonstrates a shifting moral geography in the works of Song historians. Th is new standard increasingly excluded nomadic peoples from the newly imagined political body, and excluded with them the pragmatic diplomacy that had characterized the politics of the Five Dynasties. Cet article analyse l’inscription funéraire de Wang Chuzhi (863-923). Ce gouverneur mili- taire vécut à la ﬁ n des Tang et au début de la période des Cinq Dynasties. La comparaison de l’inscription à diverses représentations du défunt contenues dans les sources oﬃ cielles montre la manière dont l’auteur de l’inscription critique les standards moraux de l’historiographie oﬃ cielle. Elle montre aussi le cadre
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: TOMB INSCRIPTIONS; WANG CHUZHI; HISTORIOGRAPHY; DYNASTIC HISTORIES; FIVE DYNASTIES
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