• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Western Wall of the Entrance
TitleWestern Wall of the Entrance
Western wall of the entrance
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Western wall of the entrance(Illustration)
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This mural is painted on the western wall of the entrance passage in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The murals of this area have suffered the most deterioration, and the contents are extremely difficult to discern. A closer examination of the mural remains reveals depictions of a figure with a young boy and a monster holding two intersecting lances. The demon mask appearance and the feathers on the body suggest that this figure may be the Fangxiangshi (a mythological figure of ancient China regarded as a guardian spirit with the ability to exorcize demons). The image is believed to have been painted to guard the tomb.