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A Leader of the Guard of Honour
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The leadership of this man is suggested by his standing in front of nine other guards, his battle robe with outward-turned collar, as well as his black turban and boots. He is holding a sword with his two hands. His red lips and short beard indicate a solemn facial expression。

History of the Object
The second son of Emperor Gao Zong and Empress Wu Zetian, Zhanghuai became crown prince in 675 AD but was removed by his mother. Four years later, he was ordered to commit suicide at 31. He was reinstated posthumously in 711 and buried along with his wife in this tomb. Hundreds of objects have been unearthed from the tomb. The wall, 400 square meters long, was covered by fifty murals in an excellent state of preservation.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Stone and paint; a mural 
Measurements
Width 69.5 cm. Length 195 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
Decoration of a tomb 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1971 from Prince Zhanghuai Li Xian’s tomb, Qianxian County, Shaanxi Province 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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