A richly illustrated book featuring recent revelations about China’s first emperor, Ying Zheng, and his famous burial site containing an army of life-size terracotta soldiers and other artifacts
First discovered by a farmer in 1974, the burial site of China’s first emperor, Ying Zheng, has yielded thousands of life-size terracotta figures and artifacts, and continues to be excavated today. This fascinating publication features more than 130 works including ten of these majestic terracotta figures, arms and armor, horse and chariot fittings, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics.
Dating from the Eastern Zhou dynasty (770–256 BC) through the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these objects represent the complex history, myths, and burial customs of ancient China. The texts introduce recent scholarship on this material culture to illuminate not only the first emperor’s burial complex, but also his powerful influence in Chinese history and the myriad ways in which his political and economic reforms transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people.
Distributed for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (11/18/17–03/11/18)
Cincinnati Art Museum (04/20/18–08/12/18)
Li Jian is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Hou-mei Sung is curator of Asian art at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Zhang Weixing is chair of the Archaeology Department at Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum. William Neer is curatorial assistant for East Asian art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
“This lavishly illustrated exhibition catalog includes more than 40 works never previously exhibited in the United States. . . . The texts introduce recent scholarship on this material culture to illuminate not only the first emperor’s burial complex, but also his powerful influence in Chinese history and the myriad ways in which his political and economic reforms transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people.”—Madelia Hickman Ring, Antiques & the Arts Weekly
“Through section introductions and highlights, the authors provide excellent historical and cultural context, including new information from sites such as Xuechi at Yongcheng, taking readers from the chaos of the Warring States period to the pinnacle of Qin power.”—Lisa C. Niziolek, China Review International
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