Analysis: The Ming Tombs

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The Ming Tombs and The Qing Tombs built by ancient Chinese emperors are an assemblage of imperial mausoleums. The Ming Tombs are located in China, in both Nanjing and Beijing. Most of the tombs are located specifically in Changping District of Bejing. This location was chosen by the third emperor of the Ming dynasty, the Yongle Emperor, who based his choice on the principles of Geomancy or also known as Feng Shui, which is a traditional Chinese philosophical system that has the intention of harmonizing everyone with the environment.

The Ming Tombs, which is also commonly known as The Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty uses a common road that leads into the complex. This road or pathway is known as “The Spirit Way” and along this road; many
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The Eastern Tombs houses the resting place of Shunzhi Emperor, known as the Xiaoling Tomb. The other major tombs in the eastern part of the Qing Tombs belong to Kangxi Emperor and Tongzhi Emperor, known as the Jingling and Huiling Tombs respectively. The Qianlong Emperor, Xianfeng Emperor and the Dowager Empress Ci’xi and Ci’an’s tombs are situated in the Western Qing Tombs. The splendor of each tomb varies from one another and the tomb that displays the most resplendence is the tomb of the Qianlong emperor, whose tomb is considered to be the most splendid of all the royal tombs in chinese…show more content…
It is the only set that has been discovered as of now and it’s highly likely to be a favor from the emperor because of it’s sublime and extravagant nature. As quoted from “Urban Life in the Song, Ming and Yuan” it is depicted as “ ferocious four-clawed dragons with combed-forward manes and unleashed tongues fly against a background of dense, stylized clouds.” This was likely a possession of a high ranking official because the emperor wore twenty two belt ornaments, while officials wore twenty.

Art during the Ming and Qing Dynasties were widely diversified – from paintings and calligraphy to ceramics and pottery. Ming paintings maintained the artistic conventions similar to that of the Yuan Dynasty. Ming painters were accustomed to painting landscape paintings, usually larger in scale, as well as narrative figure paintings that were often used as a tool for praising the Ming
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