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Often described as the eighth Wonder of the World, the massive, underground army made from fired clay evokes both awe and curiosity. Who was this powerful Emperor of the Qin Dynasty who needed these warriors to guard him in the afterlife? How were nearly 8,000 figures made on such a vast scale so long ago?

This lovely little book, based on the latest research, brings the terra cotta warriors to life in 52 astonishing images. Like the millions of visitors to the on-site museum who see the figures in person, readers will marvel at the cavalry, archers, and infantry; lowly foot soldiers and high-ranking officers; figures of varying ages, with different hairstyles and unique facial expressions, seemingly representing many ethnic groups in China.

The soldiers are spread across a number of pits at the tomb site, on the outskirts of present-day Xian, where new discoveries are made every year. Archaeologists predict that it may take longer to excavate the First Emperors tomb complex than the approximately thirty-six years it took to build it, as new techniques of conservation and scientific research are introduced. Though the tomb was known from Chinese written record for thousands of years, there was no record of the terra cotta army. The surprise of this discovery still endures, and mounts with each page turned.

About the Author

Jane Portal is a senior curator at the British Museum, with responsibility for the Chinese and Korean collections. Her publications include Chinese Art in Detail, Chinese Love Poetry, Korea: Art and Archaeology and The First Emperor: Chinas Terracotta Army.

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Rosalie DeMartino, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Rosalie DeMartino)
1-27-2011
The Terra Cotta Warriors takes us to a different society and times, that can only be understood by reading or traveling through another time zone to view these famous masterpieces. Respecting the spiritual connection of the Terra Cotta Guardians who protected the First Chinese Emperor so long ago gives us an idea of how this huge country kept their country and population in a occupational and working order for many centuries. China is a very hard working and industrial country that has advanced and earned recognition around the world. The beautiful Terra Cotta Warriors represent this.
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Rosalie DeMartino, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Rosalie DeMartino)
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The Terra Cotta Warriors takes us to a different society and times, that can only be understood by reading or traveling through another time zone to view these famous masterpieces. Respecting the spiritual connection of the Terra Cotta Guardians who protected the First Chinese Emperor so long ago gives us an idea of how this huge country kept their country and population in a occupational and working order for many centuries. China is a very hard working and industrial country that has advanced and earned recognition around the world. The beautiful Terra Cotta Warriors represent this.
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Rosalie DeMartino, January 27, 2011 (view all comments by Rosalie DeMartino)
1-27-2011
The Terra Cotta Warriors takes us to a different society and times, that can only be understood by reading or traveling through another time zone to view these famous masterpieces. Respecting the spiritual connection of the Terra Cotta Guardians who protected the First Chinese Emperor so long ago gives us an idea of how this huge country kept their country and population in a occupational and working order for many centuries. China is a very hard working and industrial country that has advanced and earned recognition around the world. The beautiful Terra Cotta Warriors represent this.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781426203800
Author:
Portal, Jane
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Photographer:
Peckham, Saul
Photographer:
Williams, John
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Sculpture
Subject:
History - Ancient/Classical
Subject:
Sculpture & Installation
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
History
Subject:
China - History - Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C
Subject:
China Antiquities.
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
55 COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
7.40x6.10x.60 in. .70 lbs.

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