Mawangdui Tombs Silk Document
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A photograph shows a silk document filled with Chinese characters. The manuscript bears signs of aging, with frayed edges and small holes and tears throughout.
Artifact: 2nd century BC
This ancient Chinese manuscript was among a number of others discovered in the Mawangdui Tombs in 1973. This photo shows part of a Taoist manuscript. Another text discovered in the tombs was Wushi’er Bingfang or Recipes for Fifty-Two Ailments (not pictured), a 2nd century BC medical text detailing 283 prescriptions and treatments for various ailments, such as surface wounds, ulcers, frostbite, warts, internal bleeding, and poisoning.
Harper, D. J. (2003). Early Chinese medical literature. Routledge.