• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Eastern Wall of the Antechamber
TitleEastern Wall of the Antechamber
Eastern wall of the antechamber
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Eastern wall of the antechamber(Illustration)
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This is a complete view of the mural on the eastern wall of the antechamber in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The mural is separated into heaven and earth by the decorative joist that spans the antechamber wall. Its primary motifs include the procession, tributes by the 13-county prefects, and the depiction of the government house. The heavens are represented by the Sun, Moon, and Stars & celestial objects, immortals, auspicious animals, cloud patterns and flame patterns.
The real-world imagery portrayed on the eastern wall of the antechamber features a large-scale horse carriage procession. This depiction starts from the southern wall and spans all the way to the northern wall. The procession in the image features a central line of carriages with Provincial Governor Jin and other key figures. The four-line formation is comprised of Jin and another high-ranking official each in carriages, the First Lady riding in an ox carriage, Gaemamusas (iron-armored lancers), civil servants, military attachés, low-ranking officials, and valets escorting carriages.
The heavens on the ceiling include depictions of Cepheus, Jupiter, the sun superimposed with a three-legged crow, a large-scale hunting scene, mountain-peak patterns, and various auspicious animals inhabiting the immortal world. In addition, vibrant cloud-pattern decorations in the five cardinal colors enhance the imaginative depiction of the heavens. Buddhist flame patterns can be seen above the joist (symbolizing the boundary between heaven and earth) and on the sides of parallel supporting stones at the peak of the ceiling.