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Copies of Tomb Mural Paintings
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These life size paintings were produced by Oba Tsunekichi and Ota Hukujo of Tokyo Fine Arts University in 1930. The paintings are presumed to be assembled from the copied pieces of murals which were divided by scenes for drawings on the site. As copies of the murals in Gangseodaemyo (Great Tomb of Gangseo) in Sammyo-ri, Nampo, they show the walls of the tomb exactly as it was at the time, including the damaged parts. Hence the paintings are important and reliable sources for the study and restoration of the murals.

History of the Object
The Great Tomb of Gangseo, located in Sammyo-ri, Nampo is a representative Goguryeo stone-chamber tomb. The four guardian deities-blue dragon, white tiger, red phoenixes, and black tortoise and serpent were painted on the smoothly dressed stone walls. With no background decoration, the four deities are commanding presence on the walls, vigorously and beautifully executed in realistic strokes, positioning them as some of the finest works in the East Asian painting.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Color on paper 
Measurements
Black Tortoise and Serpent 218.0 cm X 311.0 cm; Blue Dragon 218.0 cm X 319.0 cm; White Tiger 218.0 cm X 318.0 cm; Red Phoenixes 280.0 cm X 332.0 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 37th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
Goguryeo 
Function
Mural paintings 
Acquisition
Acquired in 1970 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
-National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Seoul: Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, 2007 -National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea, Seoul: Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea, 2007 -National Museum of Korea, Korean Museum 100 Years in Remembrance, Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2009 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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