• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Western Wall of the Main Chamber
TitleWestern Wall of the Main Chamber
Western wall of the main chamber
Western wall of the main chamber(Illustration)

This is the mural on the southern wall of the main chamber in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The murals in the main chamber include scenes of private life associated with the Youzhou Provincial Governor Jin and his wife, mounted archery in the western yard, Seven-Treasure Ceremony (a type of Buddhist ceremony), lotus pond, and depictions of the estate that display the couple's wealth. The centerpiece in the main chamber is the mural on the northern wall that depicts the noble couple sitting under a pavilion. The ceiling of the main chamber conveys a sense of luxury through the unique double joist depiction decorated with flame patterns. The main chamber ceiling is in stark contrast to the vibrant and mystical depictions of celestial objects, immortals, auspicious animals, and patterns of the antechamber.
Similar to the eastern wall, the mural on the western wall of the main chamber is divided into four main sections. A mounted archery scene is depicted in the upper left frame, and a horse and horseman can be seen flanking a lush tree in the lower left frame. A storehouse is depicted on the right side of the eastern wall. Two storehouse structures stand side by side, and a figure climbing a ladder can be seen by the storehouse on the right.
Just as with the other walls, the ceiling features depictions of architectural elements and flame-pattern decorations. Elegant depictions of trusses and connecting nodes can be seen between the large and medium-sized joists on the ceiling, and they represent the framework of the roof structure. Depictions of the noble couple's daily lives under the magnificence of the double-joist architecture can be considered as a reflection of their extravagant lifestyles.