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Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty


After two years' excavation, a large cache of ceramics have been unearthed at an imperial concubine's tomb dating from the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) in Duolun county, Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The unearthed porcelains are decorated with gold and silver.

Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
An aerial photo shows the site of the Liao Dynasty tomb and archaeological dig [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
The Liao Dynasty tomb and archaeological dig [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
Interior of the Liao Dynasty tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
According to the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in Inner Mongolia, the porcelains are mainly from the Ding and Yue kilns.

Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A crown unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
Jade accessories unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
Golden tassels unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
Silver boots decorated with golden flowers unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
An epigraph unearthed from the tomb records the life experience of the tomb owner, the first queen of Emperor Shengzong of the Liao Dynasty, who later was demoted to a concubine. The experts' further study shows that the tomb owner was a granddaughter of Empress Dowager Xiao.

Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
An epigraph unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A bronze mirror unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A green porcelain cover unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A tomb pillow unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
The tomb was robbed in June 2015, but by working together, the police and cultural relic departments recovered over 100 pieces of stolen relics. Later, a rescue excavation was conducted to prevent further thefts.

Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A delicate glass bottle unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
A bronze lantern unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
Treasures unearthed in concubine tomb from Liao Dynasty
Agate jars unearthed from the tomb [Credit: Xilingol Daily]
The tomb was listed as one of China's top 10 archaeological discovery sites in 2015.

Source: China Daily [January 04, 2017]
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