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The Cover
November 5, 2003

Equestrienne on Horse

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2003;290(17):2232. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2232

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.