The Newsletter 65 Autumn 2013

From wooden attendants to terracotta warriors

Maria Khayutina

The ‘terracotta army’ of the First Emperor of Qin (reg. 246/221–210 BCE) is the most famous group of representations of human and animals made in order to accompany a dead person in the afterlife. The emperor’s burial complex can be better understood by looking back at the earlier roots of the Chinese tomb figurines tradition.

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