Changsa, Hunan Province (Maoshan)

 

The kingdom of Changsha

Chu power extended south to the Yangtze River valley. Changsha became important to the Qin for trade and by 202 was already a fortified city.

During the 1930s graves were discovered here with

Map showing the kingdom of Changsha

http://www.hnmuseum.com:80/hnmuseum/eng/whatson/exhibition/mwd_2_1.jsp

luxury goods, such as this painted lacquer bowl

Lacquered bowl

http://history.cultural-china.com/chinaWH/images/exbig_images/e7d83aa74f3b093c0b5dd115c2f096b7.jpg

Painting on the bowl

whose painting is reconstructed in this drawing, and

Drawing of the painting on the bowl

http://history.cultural-china.com/chinaWH/images/arbigimages/b43cacfaecffb5fe380e9648bdae76ca.jpg

Painting on silk from Zidanku, Changsha

painting on silk. This 'banner', which may be as early as the 4th century, was found facing upwards over a deceased male, who may be depicted here riding a dragon that appears to leap towards heaven.

Painting  on silk from Zidanku

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/20/Changshadragon.jpg

Han period silk banner from Changsha/Mawangdui

The famous 'banner' of Lady Dao, worked a century or more later, in the Han period, was also found in Changsha.

Han period silk banner

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Western_Han_Chinese_Silk.JPG