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The Zhaoling Mausoleum is the mausoleum of Emperor Taizong (Li Shimin)(r.599-649)in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). According to Old History of the Tang Dynasty - the Biography of Emperor Taizong, the mausoleum, which was built to bury Empress Zhangsun, was first built in the 10th year (636) of the Zhenguan reign, and completed by the 23rd year of the Zhenguan reign when Li Shimin was buried. The cultural relics management committee of Shanxi Province embarked on archaeological research and surveying of the mausoleum from 1962 to 1979.
The stone statues of 14 kings are preserved in the sacrificial altar of the mausoleum. Besides, there were the world-famous basso-relievos of 6 coursers, but they were destroyed in 1914. Two of them were shipped in secret to the museum of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, US, while the other four had been repaired and displayed in Shanxi Province. These stone carvings fully manifested the art style of the paintings and stone carvings in the early Tang Dynasty.
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