• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Procession
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Figures in the procession on the northern wall of the antechamber 01
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Figures in the procession on the northern wall of the antechamber 02
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Figures in the procession on the northern wall of the antechamber 03
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This is the final scene of the procession painted to the right of the threshold on the northern wall of the antechamber in Tokhung-ri Tomb. The degree of deterioration is quite severe in comparison to the murals on the eastern and southern wall, and the figures are only able to be discerned by analyzing other corresponding murals. The procession is comprised of a four-line formation. The carriages for Provincial Governor Jin and his wife can be seen on the eastern wall, and the three carriages seen in the image are behind the First Lady in the procession. Judging by the designs, the two carriages at the top are likely carrying women, and the bottom carriage is estimated to be for a man. Including those on the eastern wall, six carriages can be seen in this procession. No other Koguryo tomb murals depict this many carriages in one depiction of an outing. Mounted soldiers and valets can be seen following the carriages.
None of the formation lines are overlapping, allowing for a clear view of each element in the mural. The procession motif is an important element for exhibiting authority and appears frequently in early to mid-Koguryo era tomb murals. Although the sheer number of figures appearing in the procession isn't substantial, the key characteristics of each figure are well-realized, and this mural in Tokhung-ri Tomb is an excellent visual reference understanding the nature of Koguryo era processions.