Newly Unearthed Wooden Figures for Averting Misfortune from Yangzhou

in Bamboo and Silk
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This paper introduces several newly unearthed wooden figures from tombs in Yangzhou that date to the Five Dynasties period, and provides complete transcriptions and preliminary studies of the inscriptions on them. By comparing these figures to similar materials discovered elsewhere, this paper argues that the function of putting these kinds of wooden figurines in tombs was to avoid misfortune. The last portion of the paper briefly examines the origin of this custom and beliefs behind it.

Newly Unearthed Wooden Figures for Averting Misfortune from Yangzhou

in Bamboo and Silk

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