'King Mindon's tomb' 1880s-1890s
The Takamatsuzuka tomb, Asuka village, Nara prefecture, Japan. Late 7th century-early 8th century.
The shown fresco from the tomb is called Asuka Bijin, or “beautiful women.”
By the end of the period of tomb-building, a Chinese-style cosmology had been adopted by Japanese elites at least, represented by the explicit Chinese iconography of the Takamatsuzuka tomb, whose discovery caused a sensation in 1973, and problems of conservation continue to be of national interest today. Takamatsuzuka is located in the Asuka region in the south of the Nara Prefecture, where traces of many of the earliest Buddhist temples are also to be found.
The tomb mound, some 16m in diameter and 5m high, contained a stone burial chamber decorated with frescos derived from Korean and ultimately Chinese models: brightly adorned courtiers and the four principal cosmological beasts, the Azure Dragon, the Black Tortoise, the White Tiger and the Vermilion Bird, all beneath a map of the stars depicted on the ceiling. This was the tomb of a high-ranking nobleman or perhaps a member of the royal family, and encapsulates the arrival of a new religious sensibility in the centre of power in the archipelago, just prior to the abandonment of monumental tomb-building in favour of the Buddhist cremation rites.
-The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion (2011)
Napoleon’s tomb, Les Invalides, Paris, France
by AG Photographe
Head of a Warrior, 6th century, Japan
Kofun period (mid 3rd-6th century A.D.)
25.5 x 15.5 x 12.2 cm (10 x 6 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.)
Purchased with Funds Provided by the Weston Foundation; Alyce and Edwin DeCosta and the Walter E. Heller Foundation Fund; Robert Allerton Trust, 2009.629. Art Institute of Chicago
This head of a warrior from an earthenware tomb figurine (haniwa) is from the late Kofun (literally “old burial mound”) period (A.D. mid-3rd/6th century), which is typified by a complex hierarchical society with advanced burial rituals. Several burial mounds or tumuli for chieftains and emperors still exist today, particularly around the Nara area, and it is from such locations that haniwa figurines have been excavated. From the fifth century A.D., haniwa were made in a multitude of representational forms, including male and female figures, animals, and houses.
The calm expression and symmetrical facial features of this sculpture make it one of the most dignified extant haniwa heads. It was once in the collection of the famed potter Hamada Shoji.
Yanjiawan tomb workshop, Xianyang (Chinese), Pair of female dancers with long sleeves , mid-2nd century BCE, earthenware with pigments,
the Portland Art Museum
Photo from the excavation of the tomb of Liu Ji [Credit: 3w.news.cn] (via The Archaeology News Network: Ancient official’s tomb unearthed in Beijing)
Yanjiawan tomb workshop, Xianyang (Chinese), Armored warrior, soldier, and three musicians , mid-2nd century BCE, earthenware with pigments
The Portland Art Museum
Dancing People, Haniwa (Terracotta Tomb Figure).
From Nohara, Kumagaya-chi, Saitama. Kofun period, 6th century.
Courtesy & currently located at the Tokyo National Museum, Japan. Photo taken by B.Kelly.
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Credit: Daniel Giannoni
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Tomb painting of Victory
2nd-3rd Century AD
(Source: The British Museum)