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The Imperial Tomb of the Ming Dynasty Ding-Ling (Zhongguo shehui kexueyuan kaogu yanjiu suo : Dingling bowuguan). 2 volumes complete.
Wenwu Chubanshe, ed., Beijing 1990 - First edition. Folio. Hardcover with slipcase. Fine. Fine. 400 Pages of text, 361 plates, 136 in colour. Main text in Chinese, 9 page English abstract. Dingling (literally: "Tomb of Stability"), one of the tombs at the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty site, is the tomb of the Wanli Emperor, his empress consort and the mother of the Taichang Emperor. It is the only Ming tomb to have been excavated. It also remains the only intact imperial tomb, of any era, to have been excavated since the founding of the People's Republic of China, a situation that is almost a direct result of the fate that befell Dingling and its contents after the excavation. The excavation of Dingling began in 1956, after a group of prominent scholars led by Guo Moruo and Wu Han began advocating the excavation of Changling, the tomb of the Yongle Emperor, the largest and oldest of the Ming tombs near Beijing. Despite winning approval from premier Zhou Enlai, this plan was vetoed by archaeologists because of the importance and public profile of Changling. Instead, Dingling, the third largest of the Ming Tombs, was selected as a trial site in preparation for the excavation of Changling. Excavation completed in 1957 and a museum was established in 1959. The excavation revealed an intact tomb, with thousands of items of silk, textiles, wood, and porcelain, and the skeletons of the Wanli Emperor and his two empresses. Quite scarce! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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