This underground mansion in Horse Village, of Shanxi Province, is a tomb dating back to the Song Dynasty about 800 years ago.

The burial chamber is heavily decorated with carved bricks.

The bricks were carved into the shapes of wooden brackets and tiled roofs.

The brick sculptures not only emulate timber brackets, roofs, windows and the front gate but as well as human figures.


John Roberts
Very fascinating but I’m a little confused here. By brick do you really mean objects made of fired clay that have been moulded or carved (presumably when still damp and before firing)? Or do you actually mean objects made of carved stone?

All Things Chinese
If it is a stone carving, it was carved on stone. If it is a brick carve, I believe it was actually moulded. 

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