China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
Scholars have recently argued that China’s funerary art underwent a major transition, or more precisely a decline, during the Yuan dynasty. Many characteristics important in making an underground burial chamber previously became less constructive of a place of the dead. Many observed, for example, that tomb murals appeared more decorative after the Song dynasty, rather than suggestive of an imaginary interior. Architecturally, building motifs were more discrete, rather than integral of a fabricated and cohesive built environment for the deceased in the life after death. In other words, tombs from the Yuan period were constructed more with the “surface” value of different pictorial components, rather than a holistic pictorial or/and spatial program devised specifically for the dead.
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