Terracotta warrior figures, arms and armor, ritual and bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry and ceramics all drawn from art museums and archaeological institutions in the Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period(770-221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor's mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China. Exhibit will feature approximately 120 objects.Themes explored include the birth of the Qin empire and cultural diversity in ancient China; the First Emperor and unified China; and the quest for immortality. Through rich archaeological finds, the exhibit will provide a glimpse into the ongoing excavations and research shedding new light on the Qin culture and the First Emperor's burial complex.Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Art Museum, in partnership with Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, and Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum of the People's Republic of China.
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