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Tomb of Emperor Wang Jian

Wang Jian was the head of Shu before the Five Dynasties (907-960). His tomb at Dongqiao in the western suburbs of Chengdu was called Mausoleum of Eternity (Yongling) in history. Formed by a series of 14 double stone vaults, the coffin chamber, 23.4 metres long consists of front, middle and back rooms. The coffin platform is flanked by open carvings of 12 men of unusual strength and carved with a relief of 24 musicians and dancers on the east, west and south sides. The stone sculpture of Wang Jian, sitting in a relaxed manner but still with a dignified look of an emperor, is kept in the back room.