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
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