Painting of the Moon and a dragon, China, early 1st century BC.
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Detail of a painting on silk from Ma Wang Tui, the tomb of the Marques of T'ai near Ch'ang-sha, Hunan. The frog and the hare which inhabit the moon are seen top left, the lady Ch'ang-erh, who also lives in a palace in the Moon, is shown riding through space on the wings of a dragon. Other parts of the painting show further spirits of the heavens and the underworld, a scene in the life of the Marques, and the ceremony of her wake.