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Jane Portal

Forfatter af The Terracotta Warriors

6 Værker 389 Medlemmer 6 Anmeldelser

Om forfatteren

Jane Portal is a senior curator at the British Museum, with responsibility for the Chinese and Korean collections.

Omfatter også følgende navne: Jane Portal, editor Jane Portal

Værker af Jane Portal

The Terracotta Warriors (2007) 136 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army (2007) — Redaktør — 136 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Chinese Love Poetry (Gift Books) (2004) 48 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Korea: Art and Archaeology (1802) 45 eksemplarer
Art Under Control in North Korea (2005) 15 eksemplarer
Arts of Korea: MFA Highlights (2013) 9 eksemplarer

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Guardians of China's First Emperor Official companion to the exhibition
jhawn | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 31, 2017 |
In 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well near the known site of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang (260-210 B.C.), the first emperor of China, found a pit which contained thousands of terra cotta soldiers. Chinese archaeologists later excavated several more pits and found other figures including chariots with horses, officials, musicians, entertainers and even birds. These figures were mass produced and painted, then placed in the underground temple areas to protect and entertain the emperor in his afterlife. Contemporary accounts do describe the tomb and complex but do not mention the warriors.

In March of 2010, the National Geographic Society brought an exhibit of the warriors to Washington and this book is the companion to that event. After a short history of the emperor’s life and descriptions of the various pits associated with the tomb, author Jane Portal describes the warriors in detail including theories of construction. Unfortunately the paint applied after the figures were cast deteriorated when exposed to the air so the figures appear gray with a bit of color here and there. And many of the figures are missing the weapons they carried. The warriors and other figures are life sized and extremely detailed. There are different facial features and hairstyles which are described and illustrated with excellent photographs. Especially interesting is the bronze bird along with a terra cotta musician found in another pit.

In addition to photographs and the history, Portal lists a bibliography of English language sources for those who want to find out more about the subject. For those in the West who missed the traveling exhibit from China and who are unable to travel to China to see the warriors in Xi’an, this book will showcase the majesty of these figures. And the story is not ended. Chinese archaeologists still have not excavated the tomb of the emperor and there are other sites of interest in the burial complex. Who knows what exciting relics they will find in the coming years
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fdholt | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jan 22, 2014 |
Excavated Chinese sculpture
SHCG | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2013 |
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 emperor and the making of China, the rise of the Qin and military conquests and the terracotta army.
ruric | 1 anden anmeldelse | Dec 29, 2012 |

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