University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

An exciting discovery

By: Lynn Grant

The plaster cast of the joining fragment, with detail inset, lower left

Among the many things our Chinese colleagues brought with them from Xi’an were two plaster fragments.  These were exact replicas of stone fragments that had been excavated from the Zhaoling Mausoleum site in 2003.  One of these was found to belong with C 396, forming the raised front part of the saddle.  This exciting find was made by Ms Liu Linxi and adds to our knowledge of these wonderful sculptures.

  • Mike

    That’s amazing. What a journey! Will that portion of the saddle be restored? If so, will the original fragment be used?

    • Lynn Grant

      Mike – the original fragment remains in China. We do have the plaster cast and will consult with Curators on whether they want it placed on the stone. Otherwise we’ll just go with a photograph to record how it could look.

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