3.28/ Metropolitan Museum of Art: Age of Empires – Qin & Han Dynasties, 4.3 / 7.16


Multi-story house 27847

Model of a Multistory House. Eastern Han dynasty (A.D. 25–220). Earthenware with pigment, H. 68⅞ in. (175 cm), L. 34¼ in. (87 cm). Excavated in 1988, Jiaozuo, Henan Province. Photo: Courtesy Henan Museum, Zhengzhou.

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Age of Empires

Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)

April 3 / July 16, 2017

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The Met @ 300 21219Featuring more than 160 objects of ancient Chinese art, this major international loan exhibition will explore the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. Synthesizing new archaeological discoveries with in-depth research performed over the last 50 years, Age of Empires will introduce a transformational era of Chinese civilization to a global audience.

The works in the exhibition—extremely rare ceramics, metalwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and architectural models—are drawn exclusively from 32 museums and archaeological institutions in the People’s Republic of China, and a majority of the works have never before been seen in the West. Highlights include renowned terracotta army warriors and a striking statue of a seminude performer whose anatomical accuracy, unheard of in Chinese art, brings to mind Greco-Roman sculpture first introduced to Asia by Alexander the Great.

 

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Ornament with Two Dancers. Western Han dynasty (206 B.C.–A.D. 9). Gilt bronze, 4¾ x 7¼ in. (12 x 18.5 cm). Excavated in 1956, tomb no. 13, Shizhaishan, Jinning, Yunnan Province. Photo: Courtesy Yunnan Provincial Museum, Kunming.

Kneeling Figure 27848

Kneeling Archer. Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.). Earthenware, H. 491⁄16 in. (122 cm). Excavated in 1977, pit no. 2, mausoleum complex of Qin Shihuangdi (d. 210 B.C.), Lintong, Shaanxi Province. Photo: Courtesy Qin Shihuangdi Mausoleum Site Museum, Lintong.

Red Figure 27845

Kneeling Archer (detail). Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.). Earthenware, H. 491⁄16 in. (122 cm). Excavated in 1977, pit no. 2, mausoleum complex of Qin Shihuangdi (d. 210 B.C.), Lintong, Shaanxi Province. Photo: Courtesy Qin Shihuangdi. Mausoleum Site Museum, Lintong.

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