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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (28 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714124478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714124476
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a unique book to accompany an extraordinary new exhibition of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th centuries, the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China. The Terracotta Army is evidence of the organisational power of the Qin Dynasty that unified China in 221 BC. It has become a symbol of China's long and coherent cultural history and, now that China is rapidly developing, it reminds the world of China's future potential. This book unfolds the historical and archaeological context of the Terracotta Warriors, and explores the new research and excavation that has been carried out in the years since the first discovery in 1974. The book is divided into five sections, all written by experts in the field. The first chapter concentrates on the Qin's rise and military conquest and unification of the Warring States. The second chapter explores the Qin Empire, its ideology and practices, and the emperor's achievements and legacy. The third chapter examines imperial tours and mountain inscriptions, and the fourth focuses on the mausoleum itself and the rituals that surrounded it.

The fifth and final chapter, the crux of the book, examines the site itself, the Terracotta Army, the various new excavations that have taken place and future plans. Large numbers of the Terracotta Army's men and horses, displayed in military formation, are illustrated with striking photography. Their manufacture is explained and demonstrated with moulds, inscriptions, broken warriors and heads of warriors. Also illustrated and discussed are fascinating new discoveries such as terracotta bureaucrats, acrobats and strong men, life-size bronze birds, hundreds of suits of stone armour and terracotta warriors with coloured faces preserved with new technology.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By n7misc TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2012
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This is a really nice book with a great split between informative textual content and beautiful photos. I wanted something that would provide general information, nothing academic, and would give my dad a good overview of the artifacts of the Terracotta Army - he's thrilled with it. On the down side, the British Museum's recent exhibition is no longer enough for him and now he wants to go to China....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gearsau on 26 July 2012
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I had visited the Terrcotta Warriors last year. I didn't purchase any guide books there due to the fact I was carrying too much in my luggage.

This book is by far the best book on the Terrcotta Warriors that I have seen..
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I just love this book. Really interesting and informative. Regret missing exhibition when it was in the UK. Recommended for anyone interested or wishing to discover this fascinating subject.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cristiana on 29 April 2009
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libro stupendo, illustrazioni favolose un salto nel tempo per chi si vuole avvicinare al mondo dell'archeologia orientale. Un libro che per gli appassionati non può mancare dalle biblioteche personali
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Exceptional book 28 Nov. 2013
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Great combination of illuminating text and superb photos. Details history of the period, as well as discussing aspects of construction, significance, and restoration of the figures.
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