• Koguryo and Balhae
  • Great Tomb of Gangseo
Ceiling Mural No. 2
TitleCeiling Mural No. 2
Ceiling Mural No. 2
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These murals are painted on the sides of the second and third-tier triangular supporting stones of the Great Tomb of Gangseo. The four smaller rectangular stone slabs are the sides of the third-tier triangular supporting stones, and the long rectangular stone slabs below are the sides of the second-tier triangular supporting stones.
The murals on the sides of third-tier triangular supporting stones feature four Fenghuangs, one Flying Fish, and lotus-pattern palmettes. These elements are all oriented in a counter-clockwise direction with a very dynamic sense of rhythm and movement.
The murals on the sides of third-tier triangular supporting stones feature four Fenghuangs, one Flying Fish, and lotus & palmettes. These elements are all oriented in a counter-clockwise direction with a very dynamic sense of rhythm and movement.
The murals on the sides of second-tier triangular supporting stones feature six Fenghuangs and two Qilins (a.k.a. Kirin: chimerical creature of Chinese mythology). These auspicious animals revolve around the central lotus & palmette and face each other in an unusual alternating composition. In contrast to the dynamic sense of motion portrayed by the auspicious animals on the third-tier triangular supporting stones, the figures on the second-tier stones are gathering toward the central flower. Their dynamism is concentrated into a central location and the overall effect is spatial stability. This type of dynamic composition conveys a feeling of viewing the harmony between an ever-changing sky and the universe.