The Sarcophagus of Song Shaozu

May 16, 2013

Clark Art

Last summer, the Clark Art Institute held an exhibition entitled “Unearthed.” The main attraction of the exhibition was a 5th Century, Chinese sarcophagus, built for Song Shaozu. The tomb was uncovered in the northern city of Datong by workers constructing dorms at a local college. Found fully intact and built in the style of the dwellings typical for the 5th Century, the tomb is a representation of what an ancient Chinese home looked like.

Under the care of the Chinese government the tomb was excavated, packed and shipped from China, to the museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Based on the company’s history of being a family of fourth-generation masons, the museum hired Allegrone Construction, to reassemble the tomb. Joe Lewis, the company's vice president, was quoted as saying that it's definitely beyond what he'd consider a typical project.

"There's no road map except for photos of it when it was assembled in China," Lewis said. "It's difficult, but the stone masons who built it, all their cuts and joints were right on the money -- it's crazy, actually."

The museum’s exhibition is the first time the tomb has been publicly displayed.

For more information on this project read the article below: "Piecing Together the Past" by Ned Oliver, The Berkshire Eagle, June 1, 2012

More info plus video of the exhibition on the Clark Art Institute website.

Back to Blog

Follow Us

You can stay up to date by following us on any of these social networks.

What is Connect?

It's where you find everything from news, press and publications to our blogs and interesting links.

Categories

rss_icon Stay Connected

Stay up to date by following the Allegrone RSS feed.

Tags

Instagram

We are honored to receive the 2018 New York State Historic Preservation Awards for the rehabilitation of the 1887 Tower of Victory.  A big thank you to Titan Roofing Inc. for working with us to protect and rejuvenate one of New York’s notable historic sites. 
The Tower of Victory at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site was built in 1887 to commemorate the peace following the Revolution War. #historicpreservation
This project converted the former Western MA Regional Police Academy into 51 permanent housing units for homeless veterans. 🏡 [Soldier On: Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community]
It’s back to school season! This summer, the Berkshire School Spurr Dormitory underwent renovation;  the new 2,235 sq ft, wooden addition houses 6 new dormitory rooms to accommodate the school’s ever growing student population.  #intheberkshires #construction #berkshireschool
“We want people to be able to stay in the Berkshires and give them a leg up.”- William Pignatelli, Construct

Forest Springs is quality affordable housing for all. This new 11 unit development was built to provide beautiful homes for low income families here #intheberkshires.
The Berkshire Country Day School’s new Kelvin Hirt Library and Learning Common. #intentional #independent #inspired #intheberkshires
#kitchengoals! Another beautiful Berkshire residence completed by Allegrone.  #intheberkshires #homebuilders

Related Items