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Decoding the tomb's hostess - Wuhui Concubine

06-18-2010 09:14 BJT

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People are excited about the retrieval not only for the success of a four-year endeavor, but also because of the relics' remarkable value. The outer stone coffin was used to contain Tang Dynasty Emperor Xuanzong's beloved consort Wuhui for her eternal rest.

Concubine Wuhui was the grand niece of China's first empress Wu Zetian. During her lifetime, she was Emperor Xuanzong's favorite concubine. And after her death she was honored as Empress Zhenshun, which literally means "the virtuous and serene empress."

There is also a saying that Yang Yuhuan looked like Wuhui very much, and that's why Yang was favored by Xuanzong after Wuhui died.

The ambitious and seductive concubine made herself stand out among numerous consorts, and became a rare example of being honored as empress after death.

Shi Xiaoqun, Dir. Cultural Relics Dept., Shaanxi History Museum, said, ""She had seven children and Xuanzong loved her very much. He was thinking about making her the empress, but since her father was a nephew of Wu Zetian, the memory about a possible takeover of the Tang throne terrified the officials. And the attempt was suspended."

According to historical records, Concubine Wuhui was treated as empress during her heyday. But the complications of palace life exhausted her health, and she died in 737 at the age of 38. Xuanzong was heart broken and immediately honored her as Empress Zhenshun.

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Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CCTV.com

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