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Mural painting of four animals in clouds
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Reputed as "the Dunhuang before Dunhuang" -- the earliest, largest, highest-ranking, best preserved mural painting in China up to now. It is a full representation of the Chinese fairy world, and even more an epic of the ideology of the immortality.

History of the Object
From the tomb of the King Lianggongwang of the Western Han Dynasty in 1987.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
vermilion, and other pigments. 
Measurements
5.14mx3.27m, 16.8㎡ 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
143 BC - 136 BC 
Where it was made
Henan; Yongcheng 
Geography
China 
Time period
BCE 2nd century ~ BCE 2nd century 
Creation date
around 136 BC 
Function
Mural painting. 
Acquisition
From the tomb of the King Lianggongwang of the Western Han Dynasty in 1987 and subsequently acquired by the Henan Museum. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Henan Museum 
Museum
Henan Museum 
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