Tomb of the Dancers

Muyong Tomb, 5th century A.D.
Ji'an city, Jilin province, China

The paintings in Muyong Chong (Chinese Wuyong) illustrate the daily life of its occupants. The mural seen here occupies the east wall of the burial chamber. A group of dancers, that gives the tomb its popular name, occupies the right side of this image; below them is a group of spectators and a dog (next page). To the left, servants bring out food and drink from the kitchen. At the bottom right, the master (or some other important figure), accompanied by an attendant, sits on his horse and enjoys the performance.

The three-chamber 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.