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The art of the Tang dynasty

The Tang dynasty was one of the most powerful in Chinese history.

618-907

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The paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (2 of 2)
The paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (2 of 2)

Cave art at Mogao reflects changing beliefs as well as stylistic influences from India, the West, and the Tang.

The paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (1 of 2)
The paintings and manuscripts from cave 17 at Mogao (1 of 2)

Hidden in a cave and undisturbed for centuries, this important collection of paintings was rediscovered in 1900.

Attributed to Zhou Fang, Ladies Wearing Flowers in Their Hair
Attributed to Zhou Fang, Ladies Wearing Flowers in Their Hair

“Beautiful women paintings” provide insight into ideals of beauty and other social customs at the Tang court.

Chinese Buddhist cave shrines
Chinese Buddhist cave shrines

Why were cave shrines created? Who were the patrons? What was their use? Discover these remarkable ancient sites.

Mogao caves at Dunhuang
Mogao caves at Dunhuang

Located at a desert crossroads along the Silk Road, these famous caves boast wall paintings and colorful sculpture.

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