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The Cover
February 28, 2001


Author Affiliations

The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2001;285(8):983. doi:10.1001/jama.285.8.983

The period of the Tang Dynasty, which lasted from 618 to 907, is unparalleled in China's history. The empire was united. Military expansion had extended its borders west into Central Asia and east to Korea. Its capital city was the largest in the world, larger even than Constantinople. The court was brilliant and none more brilliant than that during the reign of Ming Huang, which lasted from 712 until 756. He was himself a poet and a musician and under his patronage the arts of poetry, painting, and ceramics reached new heights. Wang Wei and Wu Tao-Tzu, two of China's most important painters, flourished during his reign, as did Han Kan, the emperor's favorite painter of horses. (The horse was of great importance in China: the royal stables were reported to have had some 40 000 steeds.)

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