The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army

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Jane Portal
Harvard University Press, 2007 - Art - 240 pages
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Standing guard around the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi, the ranks of a terracotta army bear silent witness to the vast power of the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, who unified China in 221 BCE. Six thousand warriors and horses make up the army, while chariots, a military guard, and a command post complete the host. A new look at one of the most spectacular finds in the annals of archaeology, this book also considers the historical and archaeological context of the Terracotta Army, as well as the extensive research and excavation carried out since its discovery in 1974.

In richly illustrated chapters, experts in the field describe the Qin's rise and military conquest, the empire's ideology and practices, and the emperor's achievements and legacy. The authors examine the site itself, including new discoveries such as terracotta bureaucrats, acrobats, and strongmen, life-size bronze birds, hundreds of suits of stone armor, and terracotta warriors with colored faces preserved with new technology.

From explorations of the massive mausoleum and the rituals that surrounded it, to explanations of the actual manufacture of the Terracotta Army, the book offers a detailed and authoritative tour of one of ancient history's most eloquent memorials, with all it says of China's long and coherent cultural past--and future potential.

 

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British Museum catalogue to accompany the First Emperor: China;s Terracotta Army exhibition. Lots of lavish photos of the items on display plus descriptions and 6 essays giving context for the first ... Read full review

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I have just seen the exhibit of the soldiers at the High Museum, based on the British Museum exhibit. This book by the British Museum curator faithfully reflects the exhibits themselves. The High ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
5
THE RISE OF QIN AND THE MILITARY CONQUEST
17
CHAPTER 2
45
CHAPTER 3
106
A TWOTHOUSANDYEAROLD
156
APPENDIX SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS
202
LIST OF EXHIBITS
208
NOTES 222
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CHAPTER 4
2001
THE AFTERLIFE UNIVERSE 114
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Jane Portal is curator in the Oriental Antiquities department at the British Museum, London. She is the author of "Korea--Art and Archaeology" and "Chinese Love Poetry,"

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