Armored General, Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), earthenware, Excavated from Pit 1, Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, 1977, Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
Middle-Ranking Officer, Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), earthenware, Excavated from Pit 1, Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, 1976, Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
Standing Archer, Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), earthenware, Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, 1997, Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
Kneeling Archer, detail, Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), earthenware, 122 x 62 x 53 cm, Excavated from Pit 2, Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum, 1977, Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
The exhibition features approximately 120 individual objects, which include Terracotta figures of warriors, arms and armor, ritual bronze vessels, works in gold and silver, jade ornaments, precious jewelry, and ceramics, all drawn from the collections of art museums and archaeological institutes in Shaanxi province, China. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BC) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum, as well as aristocratic and nomadic tombs, will represent history, myths, and burials in ancient China.
The exhibition explores the following themes: the birth of the Qin empire and cultural diversity in ancient China; the First Emperor and unified China; and the quest for immortality. Through presenting rich archaeological finds, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the ongoing excavations and research, which continue to shed new light on the Qin culture and the First Emperor’s burial complex.
Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Art Museum, in partnership with Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, and Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum of the People’s Republic of China.
This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.
One of our docents, Helen Rindsberg, takes Russell on a tour of the new special exhibition, Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.
Memories in the Museum | June 6, 2018 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
This program is designed for visitors with memory loss and their guests. FREE. Reservations required. Space is limited. For reservations please contact the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati at 1-800-272-3900.
Summer Camp: Archaeology Adventure | July 9–13, 2018
Travel through time and space to visit ancient cultures. Our junior archaeologists will “dig up” artifacts from ancient Egypt, Rome, and the Near East, and make art inspired by what they find.
Summer Camp: Clay Creations | July 23–27, 2018
Sculpt, squish and pinch clay into cool 3-D art. See how artists are using this classic material today and learn about traditional pottery tools such as the potter’s wheel.
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John and Dorothy Hermanies Fund
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
Elizabeth Tu Hoffman Huddleston
The Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation
Charles Scott Riley III Foundation
The Sutphin Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
Josephine Schell Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee
The Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation