The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army

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Jane Portal, Hiromi Kinoshita
British Museum Press, 2007 - 240 páginas
The chance discovery in 1974 of the life-size terracotta army of the First Emperor of China (r.221-210 Bc) astounded the world. Haunting fines of warriors were revealed - frozen for all time in clay. For two thousand years they had silently guarded the vast tomb complex of one of the greatest military leaders in history. Published to accompany a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at the British Museum, this important book explores the tangible evidence of Qin Shihuangdi's existence, his great achievements and his vision. He rose from his position as king of the Qin in western China to conquer the six other major states and control a vast territory. Wielding enormous power, he ordered 120,000 families to move to his new capital and summoned 700,000 men from all over the empire to build his tomb. He bequeathed a lagacy to China that long affected the rise and fall of dynasties, shaped the form of government and established firm, authoritarian ways of governing the land and its peoples. With contributions from leading scholars and based on the latest research and excavations, The First Emperor unfolds the historical and archaeological context of China's astonishing terracotta army - and offers a remarkable insight into the mind and ambitions of a mortal who wished to rule for all eternity.

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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 ... Leer reseña completa

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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 ... Leer reseña completa

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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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