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5) Funerary banner, Painting on silk. About eight feet high. From Ma-wang-mi, tomb No. 1, Ch'ang-sha, Hunan province. Western Han, about 170 BC. This is a completely preserved painting probably the same type of work from which the earlier slide no. 4 was taken. Called in the inventory of the tomb, a flying garment, the painting was draped over the corpse in side the coffin. It shows the journey of the departed s soul into the afterlife. The work is rich in religious and mythological material and shows the deceased, the elderly woman with a cane in the center of the painting. The swirling, florid representation and ornament is characteristic of the Ch'u culture and stands in stark contrast both to earlier Shang and later Chinese preference for simple, open design.

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