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A silk picture of a lady playing chess
XB16056
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The woman has a high hair style with a decoration on her forehead. She wears a bright red coat and a green dress. She is pondering and has not yet decided on her next move. She has a serious expression on her face due to a disadvantageous situation. The maid besides her looks anxious for fear that she could annoy the madam with her carelessness. The painting evokes a feeling of a happy athmosphere in a comfortable life.

History of the Object
The tombs where the object has been unearthed are located to the Southeast of Turpan city close to the ancient City of Gaochang. The tombs were the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents. Among the more than ten thousand cultural relics excavated are over 2700 books, paintings, pottery, silk and cotton textiles. The time recorded in the books ranges from 273 to 772.

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Type
Painting 
Materials
Thin silk 
Measurements
69×59.7 
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
Artwork 
Acquisition
Unearthed at tomb No.188 of the Astana cemetery in Turpan in 1972. 
Copyright
The proprietary right of the masterpiece belongs to the Xinjiang Museum of China. No individual or group can copy without permission. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Xinjiang museum 
Museum
Museum of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 
Credit line
Storage dep. 

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