Shoroon Bumbagar: Tombs with Mounds in Central Mongolia

Lecture | February 7 | 4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Nancy S. Steinhardt 
, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania

 Patricia Berger, History of Art, UC Berkeley, Emerita

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative

The talk begins with a tomb often known as Shoroon Bumbagar that was excavated in Bayannuur, Bulgan province, Mongolia, in 2011. Covered with murals but without an inscription or other information about its date, the tomb is studied alongside the better known tombs such as Pugu Yitu’s (d. 678), only five kms away, and tombs of Tang China and Sogdiana. Before drawing conclusions, the talk turns to Türk, Uyghur, and other contemporary painting and architecture in Mongolia, to question the borders of Chinese art and architecture and why they are so extensive.

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