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Christine Liu-Perkins

At Home in Her Tomb

Christine Liu Perkins At Home In Her Tomb Lady Dai And The Ancient Chinese Treasures Of Maw
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Biographical note:

Christine Liu-Perkins has written about Chinese history and culture for Highlights for Children and Dig magazines. This is her first book. Christine lives in Colorado.

Country of final manufacture:

SG

Excerpt from book:

In the peaceful stillness of the museum, I looked down through a window into a room below my feet. There lay a woman, face-up, draped in white silk. She appeared to be sleeping. But this woman had been "sleeping" for more than two thousand years. I had seen mummies before, but those were dry, skin-covered skeletons--not like this soft-fleshed body. I could not stop staring at her, Lady Dai from the Mawangdui tombs.

Main description:

This middle-grade chapter book unearths the mysteries of the Mawangdui (mah-wahng-dway) tombs, one of China’s top archaeological finds of the last century. Miniature servants, mysterious silk paintings, scrolls of long-lost secrets, and the best preserved mummy in the world (the body of Lady Dai) are just some of the artifacts that shed light upon life in China during the Han dynasty.

Table of contents:

Introduction: Face-to-Face with Lady Dai…..4; Chapter 1: Excavation of a Time Capsule…..6; Chapter 2: The Mysterious Cadaver…..18; Chapter 3: A House Underground…..26; Chapter 4: All the Comforts of Home…..34; Chapter 5: Lady Dai's Silk Treasures…..44; Chapter 6: Library of Silk and Bamboo.....52; Conclusion: Time Capsule of Mawangdui.....62; Historical Note: Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties.....64; Time Line of the Qin and Early Han Dynasties.....72; Glossary.....74; Author's Note.....76; Sources of Quotations.....77; Selected Bibliography.....78; Index.....80


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