• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Tokhung-ri Tomb
Mountain-peak Patterns
TitleMountain-peak Patterns
Mountain-peak patterns on the ceiling of the antechamber (northern wall)
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This is a detailed view of the mountain-peak patterns on the ceiling of the antechamber (northern wall) in Tokhung-ri Tomb. High and low peaks connect to form an expansive mountain range that continues onto the mountain-peak patterns of the eastern wall, indicating that it is a part of the same hunting scene. The hunting scene on the ceiling and the procession depicted across the northern, eastern, and southern walls occupy roughly the same vertical spaces in the antechamber, which is indicative of the precise and deliberate composition of the mural content.
The depiction of leafy green trees on the mountain ridge convey the energy of spring-time freshness. Although the level of technique may only be intermediate, this is a valuable example of Korea's early landscape paintings.