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So the ‘Shouling’ remnant in the exhibition is special – it pieced together five fragments to become the one that contains the most Tangut characters. The inscription of the stele in 11 lines and 44 Tangut characters is in regular script with balanced structures that show adept engraving skills. All the characters are painted with gold – some of which remains.

Incredible tombs

Remnant stele with Tangut characters from the Shouling Imperial Tomb

The Western Xia Imperial Tombs, near to the Gobi Desert, perfectly represent the Tangut culture. They are the bestpreserved historic cultural heritage that the civilisation left behind, occupying an area of some 50 square kilometres and including nine imperial mausoleums, 271 subordinate tombs and one site of a large architectural complex. The tiered tomb walls and high towers make for a magnificent sight.

A view of the Helan Mountains from the Western Xia Imperial Tombs

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Macao Magazine September 2019  

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