||OTHER TAKAMATSUZUKA REMAINS
The interior of the Takamatsuzuka crypt was found in a state of disorder due to a past break-in by grave robbers. However, there remained such artifacts as a wooden coffin painted with black lacquer and ornamented with metal nails and fittings, a Tang Chinese mirror whose reverse was worked in a so-called kaiju-budo pattern (depicting animals, birds, grapevines, etc.) , and ornamental fittings for a Tang style sword. As a general rule, in terminal period tumuli dating from around the same time as the Takamatsuzuka Kofun grave goods, while of superior workmanship, are relatively few both in number and variety. From a study of the bones in the Takamatsuzuka coffin, it is judged that the buried person was a male of tall stature between 40 and 60 years old. Judged from the grave goods and the content of the frescoes, he was likely a prominent member of the imperial or some other high-ranking clan.
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