Centuries-old frescoes to be displayed in north China's Inner Mongolia
HOHHOT, Nov. 6 (Xinhua) -- A batch of frescoes dating back to the Liao Dynasty (907-1125) is expected to be on display next year in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region as restoration work is nearing completion.
In April, archaeologists in Aohan Banner in Chifeng City, Inner Mongolia, successfully removed 12 frescoes covering an area of 6 square meters from a Liao Dynasty tomb. Since then, staff from Inner Mongolia's museum of prehistoric culture have started the restoration work on the frescoes.
Wang Ze, deputy curator of the museum, told Xinhua that the frescoes were created in the late Liao Dynasty, judging from the scenes on them showing people playing drums at a concert, which is commonly seen in many other frescoes of the period.
The frescoes also contain pictures of dogs chasing, people drinking at a banquet as well as homeschooling. They will be framed after the restoration is complete, and are expected to go on display in the museum around May 2021, said Wang.
Since the 1990s, a total of 83 frescoes from the Liao Dynasty have been excavated and restored by the cultural heritage department of Aohan Banner, providing valuable resources for the study of Liao history.
The Liao Dynasty was founded by the nomadic Khitan and ruled the northern part of China. Enditem