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Eastern Han Dynasty Cliff Tombs of Santai Xian, Sichuan Province

Eastern Han Dynasty Cliff Tombs of Santai Xian, Sichuan Province © Brill, Leiden 2006 JEAA 5, 1–4 EASTERN HAN DYNASTY CLIFF TOMBS OF SANTAI XIAN, SICHUAN PROVINCE BY SUSAN N. ERICKSON (University of Michigan – Dearborn) Abstract Rock-cut tombs were a popular choice for burial during the Eastern Han dynasty in Sichuan province. A number of sites in Santai Xian in the Qijiang area have yielded this type of tomb, featuring multiple chambers excavated deep into the cliffs. Many of these tombs have pseudo-architectural elements and wall decorations, with applied pig- ment still intact in some cases. This article explores the kinds of architectural structures that were copied in these tombs and the meaning of the décor that is carved in relief or painted on interior walls. Basic characteristics The cliff tombs of Santai Xian 三台縣 exemplify the preferred type of tomb in Sichuan province during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–220). Rock-cut tombs in other areas of Sichuan, including those at Leshan 樂山 and Pengshan 彭山 , are better known since they were published by Western scholars in the early twentieth century (Torrance 1910 and 1930–1931; Ségalen 1915 and 1917; Ségalen et al. 1923; Bishop 1916; Bedford 1937; and Edwards 1954; for a very early account, see http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of East Asian Archaeology Brill

Eastern Han Dynasty Cliff Tombs of Santai Xian, Sichuan Province

Journal of East Asian Archaeology , Volume 5 (1): 401 – Jan 1, 2003

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© 2003 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1387-6813
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10.1163/156852303776173042
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© Brill, Leiden 2006 JEAA 5, 1–4 EASTERN HAN DYNASTY CLIFF TOMBS OF SANTAI XIAN, SICHUAN PROVINCE BY SUSAN N. ERICKSON (University of Michigan – Dearborn) Abstract Rock-cut tombs were a popular choice for burial during the Eastern Han dynasty in Sichuan province. A number of sites in Santai Xian in the Qijiang area have yielded this type of tomb, featuring multiple chambers excavated deep into the cliffs. Many of these tombs have pseudo-architectural elements and wall decorations, with applied pig- ment still intact in some cases. This article explores the kinds of architectural structures that were copied in these tombs and the meaning of the décor that is carved in relief or painted on interior walls. Basic characteristics The cliff tombs of Santai Xian 三台縣 exemplify the preferred type of tomb in Sichuan province during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25–220). Rock-cut tombs in other areas of Sichuan, including those at Leshan 樂山 and Pengshan 彭山 , are better known since they were published by Western scholars in the early twentieth century (Torrance 1910 and 1930–1931; Ségalen 1915 and 1917; Ségalen et al. 1923; Bishop 1916; Bedford 1937; and Edwards 1954; for a very early account, see

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Journal of East Asian ArchaeologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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