Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties
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Discover the art and culture of China during one of the most critical periods of its history — the four centuries from 221 BCE to 200 CE — when, for the first time, people of diverse backgrounds were brought together under centralized imperial rule that fostered a new and unified identity. The Qin and Han empires represent the “classical” era of Chinese civilization, coinciding in both importance and timing with the Greco-Roman period in the West. Under the short-lived Qin and centuries-long Han, warring principalities were united under a common emperor, creating not only political and intellectual institutions but also the foundation for a Chinese art, culture and national identity that lasted over two millennia.

 Over 150 works from across the full breadth of Chinese artistic and decorative media — including ceramics, metalwork, textiles, armor, sculpture, and jewelry — are featured in this book and attest to the unprecedented role of art in ancient Chinese culture. These stunning objects, among them soldiers from the renowned terracotta army of Qin Shihuang, China’s first emperor, are drawn from institutions and collections in China and appear here together for the first time.

 Additional information:

  • Author: Zhixin Jason Sun
  • Size: 12" x 9"
  • Pages: 336
  • Hardcover
  • Publication: 2017