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A Silk Road Saga

edited by Yin Cao
Discovered by farmers in 1999 in Wangguo, a village in central China's Shanxi province, this magnificent 6th-century marble sarcophagus reveals both the story of a man and his times as well as life along the Silk Road. The sarcophagus is that of Yu Hong (c533–92) who, at the age of 13, was sent as an envoy by the king of Rouran to Persia and Tuyuhun (modern-day Qinghai and Gansu provinces in northwest China). Between 550 and 554 he served as an ambassador to the Northern Qi dynasty and...