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A thin silk picture of Wuxi and Nuwa
XB8095
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This thin silk picture is wider at the top, narrower at the bottom in the shape of inverted trapezoid. It shows colour-painted snake’s bodies with human heads. The man and woman stand with crossed hands and shoulders. The snakes’ ends are intersected. In his left hand, Fuxi holds a scissor, and Nuwa holds a ruler in her right hand. In the middle of the top of the painting is the sun and the moon is in the middle below. Nuwa holds a ruler symbolizing Heaven, while Fuxi holds a scissor symbolizing Earth. Fuxi and Nuwa are the mythical ancestors of humans. According to legend, humans came into being through Fuxi and Nuwa, a combination of brother and sister.

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
Textile 
Materials
Thin silk 
Measurements
Width: top: 96 cm.;bottom: 76 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
Object accompanying the deceased 
Acquisition
Unearthed at the Astana cemetery of Turpan in 1964. 
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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