The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
The period of the Tang Dynasty, which ruled in China throughout most
of the seventh, eighth, and ninth centuries AD, is generally acknowledged
as China's Golden Age. The country had been unified under the previous dynasty;
now, with a strong military and a flourishing economy, the borders were being
extended to accommodate a growing population. The arts, in particular painting
and poetry, were also flourishing. Indeed, painting is said to have been at
its best during the Tang dynasty. Unfortunately, the reputation survives only
through the words of the critics. The actual paintings have succumbed to the
ravages of war and time. We are left to guess at their magnificence through
other, humbler, though apparently sturdier, examples of Tang art: clay pottery
figures and sculpture.
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