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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
In the recently published volume 7 of the Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology I came across this extremely beautiful Syrian limestone sculpture with the head of Atargatis or Tyche with doves
Journal of Inner Asian Art and Archaeology 2012
L. Russell-Smith, J. Lerner (eds.)
324 p., 200 b/w ill. + 58 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2016ISBN: 978-2-503-54348-2Languages: English Paperback The publication is available.Retail price: EUR 69,00 excl. tax
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Tuesday, 23 May 2017
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Wu Zetian China's Forgotten Emperor
The chances are you won’t have heard of Wu Zetian. But in her story Channel 4 has dug up one of those shards of history that still seems etched in vivid colours more than a millennium after it happened. In the late seventh century AD, Wu rose from being a teenage palace concubine to become the only woman across 3,000 years of history to rule China in her own right. How she did so is the subject of some dispute, because most subsequent historians painted her as a vicious monster, even prepared to smother her own infant child to frame a rival. But archaeological evidence also points to a strong, shrewd ruler who expanded her empire and dominated the economic and cultural superpower of her day. So what is the true picture? With access to priceless treasures from Wu Zetian's time, Secret History looks to set her record straight.
“In the past 100 years, most of the damage has been done by nature, but visits by more tourists will break the original balance inside the caves,” says Wang Xudong, president of Dunhuang Academy, which runs, preserves and restores the site. “Constant entrance and exit changes the temperature and humidity inside the caves. Human bodies also carry microorganisms, and if they start to grow inside the caves, it would be very scary.”
The project has produced guidelines that have been applied to other grottoes across China, as well as principles that have helped the country better manage its heritage sites. It has also spawned a major new exhibition at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles that runs until September and includes full-size replicas of three of the caves.
Others who weren’t seeking relics inflicted their own sorts of damage. In 1870, Muslim rebels turned up at the caves, burning down many of the wooden ladders that gave access. They may also have been responsible for scratching off the faces from some of the paintings.