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Lecture: Road to Glory—New Archaeological Perspectives on the Rise of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.)

April 4, 2013
Price Auditorium

The army of more than 8,000 life-size terracotta figures that is steadily being unearthed near the yet unopened tomb of china’s first emperor (d. 210 B.C.) is renowned as one of the world’s most spectacular discoveries. Less well known but even more striking, however, are more recent finds at the site—civil officials, court acrobats, and musicians similarly modeled in terracotta, as well as chariots and water birds elegantly cast in bronze. How did this man acquire the enormous power to inspire such an extraordinary monumental tomb complex more than 2,000 years ago?

Chen Shen, senior curator and Bishop White Chair of East Asian Archaeology Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, will explore pathways that led to the first emperor’s immense and revolutionary power after death. 

Presented with the Asian Art Council

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Armored Infantrymen (during excavation), Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.). Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang (d. 210 B.C.), Lintong district, Shaanxi province, China. Terracotta with remains of pigment. Qin Shihuang di ling (Mauseoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang), Beijing, Cultural Relics Press, 2009, pl .277.