Age of Empires:
Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties, 221 BC-AD 220
Asian Art and History: Fabulous Wonders of China
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Dr. Jason Sun, Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art in the Department of Asian Art of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Excavations at Lintong, east of the modern city of Xi’an, have been ongoing for 30 years, as archaeologists work to uncover the mausoleum complex of the first emperor of Qin. Encircled by two sets of walls the complex lies beneath an artificial earth mound and occupies an area of about 7,200 by 3,200 feet. In addition to the emperor’s tomb, it includes remnants of aboveground reception halls and numerous burial pits. These pits contain chariots and the remains of sacrificed horses; life-size terracotta figures of court attendants; musicians and acrobats; and most impressive of all, an army of more than 7,000 terracotta soldiers in battle formation. Historical records indicate that this enormous enterprise required the labor of 700,000 men and decades to complete.
Admission includes lunch and a discussion with the lecturer immediately following the lecture. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.