Tuesday, May 13, 2014

China's First Emperor and His Terra Cotta Warriors

A new, traveling exhibit at The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis tells the story of the creation of the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. Those interested in learning more about this enigmatic ruler may want to read China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors by Frances Wood, head of the Chinese department at the British Library.  Wood’s well-researched book provides a concise introduction to the culture of ancient China following the unification of the seven warring states and their lesser rivals by Qin Shi Huangdi. Of special interest to those who have visited (or plan to visit) The Children’s Museum is the chapter, "Seas of Mercury, Pearl Stars and an Army of 8,000 Men," which describes Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb and the life-size pottery soldiers, chariots and horses discovered in1974.

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