Epitaph for Yang Shun - ROM2017_15822_2


Epitaph for Yang Shun

Geography: China
Date: late 7th-early 10th century AD
Period: Tang Dynasty
10 x 62 x 62 cm
Object number: 918.7.129
Credit Line: The George Crofts Collection, Gift of Mrs. H.D. Warren
Not on view
DescriptionThis epitaph honours Yang Shun, a general who served Empress Wu Zetian (c. 625 – 705). One of the most powerful women in Chinese history, Wu Zetian changed the name of the dynasty from Tang to Zhou. To symbolize the advent of her own dynasty in 690, she commissioned new and unfamiliar written characters to replace twelve commonly-used characters. Several of these are found here, although all twelve were discontinued after the Empress’ death.
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