Wrestling Scene

Tomb of the Wrestlers, 5th cent. A.D.
Ji'an city, Jilin province, China

Gakjeochong (Kakchŏch'ong) is informally called the "Tomb of the Wrestlers" after the cirŭm (ssireum) wrestling scene that is displayed here on the east wall. In the painting, two wrestlers with Central Asian features exert themselves under the supervision of a Korean referee with grey beard and staff (right). Common stylistic features, which are repeated in other tombs, include: the wrestling theme itself; the auspicious cloud motif; the distinctive tree; and the trompe-l'oeil bracket frame.

The tomb is located in the city of Ji'an (map). This locale formerly belonged to Goguryeo, but now is part of the People's Republic of China.