Middle Chamber

Middle Chamber

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In the front part of the middle chamber stand two marble thrones, both carved with phoenix heads on their arms.  They were for Empress Xiaoduan and Empress Xiaojing. Further down the chamber, there is another marble throne carved with dragon-head design on the back and on its arms. That was for Emperor Wanli.

In front of each throne are five glazed pottery altar pieces: an in-cense burner, two candle-sticks and two beakers, and a blue-and-white porcelain jar with a cloud-and-dragon design. The jars were originally filled with sesame oil and had each a copper tube with a wick inside. It is called “Everlasting Lamp”, lit when the coffins were brought in. After the tomb was covered up, the light naturally went out due to lack of oxygen.

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