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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

Christine Liu-Perkins
Photo by David Schlatter

EVENT February 18, 2015 6:00 – 7:15 PM Meadows Branch Library Join Christine Liu-Perkins, author of
At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui, for an introduction to highlights of the tombs of Mawangdui (including the famous mummy) and the story behind her writing this nonfiction book. Make a Chinese double-coin knot or knotted necklace to celebrate the Year of the Goat! Celebrate Chinese New Year with Christine Liu-Perkins ─── Learn about the tombs of Mawangdui, one of China's most significant archaeological sites ─ Make a Chinese double-coin knot ─ Enjoy light refreshments ─── RSVP to Miho Shida (miho@earthlink.net)


"Debut author Liu-Perkins’ infectious curiosity shines in this exploration of a Han dynasty burial chamber excavated in 1972."
"The “best preserved body in the world.” This honor goes to no ordinary mummy. It belongs to the remains of one Chinese woman known as the Marchioness of Dai, or Lady Dai. Buried beneath two hills called Mawangdui, Lady Dai’s tomb held three nobles: the marquis Li Cang, his wife, Lady Dai, and apparently one of their sons. As archaeologists dug through layers of white clay and charcoal, they uncovered more than 3,000 “astonishingly well-preserved” artifacts. Most amazing of all was Lady Dai’s body. After being buried for almost 2,200 years, her skin remained moist, her joints were movable, and her finger- and toeprints were still discernible. Other rare finds included an elaborate silk painting called a feiyi and the oldest and largest stash of silk books ever discovered in China. Based on 14 years of extensive research, the author’s storytelling is clear, inviting and filled with awe, as if she’s right there alongside the dig experts. Fictionalized vignettes of Lady Dai’s life that introduce each chapter add charm and perspective. Artifact photographs and illustrations heighten the fascination. In particular, Brannen’s illustration of Lady Dai’s chamber of multiple, nested coffins demonstrates the creative ingenuity of these ancient embalmers.
Move over King Tut. Lady Dai is in the house. (historical note, author’s note, glossary, selected bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"


  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (April 8, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580893708

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