Why is the Qianling Mausoleum special?
This well preserved mausoleum is the joint tomb of the the Tang dynasty Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wu Zetian, who was the only one Empress in Chinese history.
Qianling Mausoleum Highlights
There are three wonders of historical relics in Qianling Mausoleum: Stone Carving, Mural Painting and Tri-colored Glazed Pottery (“Tang Sancai” in Chinese). The three wonders are famous both for their delicate and rare craftsmanship, and their historical value.
The stone carving in the mausoleum is towered with vivid and natural model. The most attractive stone carving in the mausoleum is Wu Zetian’s stele without words. There is a fine Lion and Horse Carving on a stele: the horse enjoyed its food leisurely, leaning its head down; while the lion stands stately with glaring eyes.
On the tomb passages, there are many large-scale paintings which present you the imperial life, foreign affairs, sports, military system, and dress & hair style of Tang Dynasty. As rare art treasures, the murals also have its unique artistic feature in composing of picture, model, coloring and so on.
Tang Tri-colored Glazed Pottery
Used frequently as burial objects in Tang Dynasty, the Tang Tri-colored Glazed Pottery is a type of glazed pottery with the dominant colors of yellow, brown and green which were very popular in the Tang Dynasty.
Being the gem of ancient Chinese art, Tang SanCai features fleshy figures, regular and exquisite ethnics, compact carving traces, and smooth lines, indicating the high-level of the craft reached in the Tang Dynasty.