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Brick Relief of Chariot Acrobatics on a Horizontal Rope
This carved brick with a relief image of chariot acrobatics on a horizontal rope, which measures 35 cm high and 118 cm wide, was unearthed at Fanji in Xinye, Henan Province, and is now housed in Henan Museum.
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The whole picture on this carved brick is composed of images depicting a cavalcade, a hunting scene, the reception of guests, a martial arts tournament, and a performance of chariot acrobatics. The last image, which shows acrobats on a tightrope, plays an indisputably predominant role in the picture.

At the center of the picture is a long arch bridge under which there is a man in a boat, and a fish and a turtle going to the right. On the bridge are two carriages led by two officers on horseback, in front of whom is a guiding carriage heading towards the other end of the bridge. On the left of the bridge is a carriage drawn by two horses. In the upper right part of the picture, there is a man hunting with a spear. On the right side of the bridge there are two men standing and respectfully awaiting the carriages coming towards them. To the right of the hunting scene there are two warriors in combat, one carrying a spear and the other armed with a sword and a shield.

To the left of the bridge is a scene of acrobatics on two chariots, one drawn by a horse and the other, which follows it, drawn by two horses. The man driving the front chariot is rather strong, and on top of this chariot are two stout performers. The whole weight bears down on the horse, which is putting its front hoofs on the bridge with some difficulty. The two horses drawing the second chariot, which is lighter, are galloping at full speed with their front hoofs in air. The difference in the speed of the chariots adds to the difficulty of the performance, so that every move of the performers would be breathtaking.