Ming Dynasty Tomb Unearths Opulent Clothing Revealing China’s Imperial Past

Everyday, archaeologists around the world are uncovering more of our world’s past. Such discoveries are not just interesting to read about, but reveal more of how our ancestors lived. It’s something that can only be done through studying relics and surviving scripts. The Inquisitr has kept up with the latest on archaeological discoveries, in which we recently reported on the discovery of the historical location of Jesus Christ’s trial. Prior to that, we also reported on a glass plate that has the earliest depiction of Jesus Christ in Spain and the oldest wooden statue in which its etchings may explain the creation of the world.

Now, another discovery in China has been reported. Archaeologists have unearthed a husband-and-wife tomb containing well-preserved clothing decorated in elaborate designs from the Ming Dynasty.

According to Live Science, it reports that the unearthed tomb is about 500 years old. It contained two wooden coffins, one for the husband and the other for the wife. They laid side-by-side inside another coffin (an outer coffin) which was covered in a layer of lime and sticky rice soup known as slurry. The archaeologists confirm they found only a few bones in the coffins, but the clothing was well-preserved.

This pillow sheet, in two pieces, was also found in the husband's coffin. It says "early fly to Heaven" and "to be born in the next life in the Western World."

Within the husband’s coffin, there were several fine gowns, including one with highly intricate patterns of lotus, peony, plum, and chrysanthemum flowers interspersed with treasure patterns of coins, fire beads, horns, squares, banana leaves, ruyi scepter, silver bullions, and chime stones. The coffin also had a pillow sheet in two pieces with writing that translates to “Early Fly to Heaven” and “To be born in the next life in the Western World.”

However, it is the woman’s coffin that has more to offer. It had an undershirt with patches that show a detailed image of a Kylin, a mythical creature with the head of a dragon, scaly body, and bushy tale. Several skirts were found including one with a gold-thread pattern that was about 35 inches (89 centimeters) long. Even the woman’s shoes were finely decorated in which they were made with plain silk, embroidered with flowers, ancient coins, square knots, and chime stones.


The biggest find of the woman’s coffin is that archaeologists know who it is. There was a banner that read the following.

“Lady Xu, deceased mother of the Wang family of the Ming Dynasty.”

International Business Times followed up in which they reported that the Ming-era tomb was unearthed back in July of 2008 on the coast of the East China Sea in the Senson village of Taizhou City. While the exact date of the tomb is unknown, archaeologists range the dates from 1521 to 1567. This was estimated from the artifacts and design.

[Featured Image via Bing, Post Images via Chinese Cultural Relics]