• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Triangular Flame Patterns 01
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Triangular flame pattern on the ceiling of the antechamber (southern wall) 01
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This is a detailed view of the triangular flame pattern on the ceiling of the antechamber (southern wall) in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The joist decorations span across all four walls of the antechamber, dividing heaven and earth, and the flame pattern is positioned just above this boundary as a symbol of rebirth, purification, and eternal life.
The triangular flame pattern frequently appears in early and mid-Korguryo era murals including Gamshin-chong (Shrine Tomb), Gakjeo-chong (Tomb of the Wrestlers), and Muyong-chong (Tomb of the Dancers). Notably, this flame pattern first appeared as a decorative element in Koguryo tomb murals 460 years before Chinese grotto and tomb murals. This point of interest is regarded as evidence of Koguryo's influence on Chinese artistry and culture.