Art of Asia
- Introduction to China
- Imperial China, an introduction
- Archaeology and the study of ancient China
- Discoveries in Chinese archaeology
- Buddhist Temples at Wutaishan
- Chinese calligraphy, an introduction
- Decoding Chinese calligraphy
- Appreciating Chinese calligraphy
- Ascending the Heron Tower written in cursive script
Discoveries in Chinese archaeology
Learn about some of the most prolific archeological sites in China, including the burial complex of the First Emperor of China and Sanxingdui. Learn more about archaeology and the study of ancient China on the Asian Art Museum's education website. Created by Asian Art Museum.
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- The piece at @1:14reminds me a lot of art that I have seen in Mexico. Specifically it reminds me of the faces that are carved into the corner stones of Mayan temples. Why might we see these same styles of art across different cultures?(4 votes)
- I noticed this because of your comment. Maybe there is some symbolism that resonates across cultures. Or it might be that there are some similar artistic expressions that come out more naturally from working the same material (aka, great minds can think alike). How many times have 2 movies with similar themes come out at the same time (unless you want to attribute that to less savory causes, which I also admit is not out of the realm of possibility)?
I would think it more likely, though, that there were travelers, merchants or explorers who described these things to each other, and one culture imitated the other, or they influenced each other.
Notice at1:20, how the narrator describes the use of vessels in rituals, and at1:29, he talks about the work produced by the "Xiang men" (sp?). Doesn't that sound a little like "shaman"?(3 votes)
- is the thing at1:28a rhino(2 votes)
- Definitely it is, as it is a Rhino Bronze.(2 votes)
- What is terracotta?(1 vote)
- These recent finds of ancient artifacts are very excting. What resources are available to learn more?(1 vote)
- What are the reasons why the Chinese were interested in Jades?(1 vote)
- 1. Jades represent peace in some ways and reflect the wish from Chinese people.
2. The fast appreciation of high quality Jades makes them very good collection for hedge.
3. Chinese people believe in Jades as psychic things which have the function of cultivating the souls and fighting against evil spirits.
4. Jades are often used to decorate houses and furniture.
5. Jades are frequently used as souvenirs or presents between friends and lovers.(1 vote)
- Do the faces in some older Chinese art have the spiritual duty of guarding the dead from demons?(1 vote)
- How did the Prince if the tomb die and why there made a tomb for him who is these people with the mask represents(1 vote)
- Can you ask again your question? I didn't understand.
Do you mean: how did the Prince made the tomb if he died?
Why did they make a tomb for him? The tomb was probably made before, while he was alive. He ordered and paid for the tomb.
Which mask?(1 vote)
- So, what's been found since the video was made in 2002?(1 vote)
- why was the there so many soiters(1 vote)
- The emperor believed all of these terracotta soldiers could guard him in his afterlife spiritually.(1 vote)
- how did they find the tombstone?(1 vote)
- Yang Zhifa and other farmers were digging a well.
Sorry, it's only in French: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Zhifa
1974, mars 23, Yang Zhifa, 41 y.o, lives in Lintong village, near a city called Xi'an. In full dryness, he and his six brothers: Yang Wenhai, Yang Yanxin, Yang Quanyi, Yang Peiyan et Yang Xinam digged a well in a little wood, for their farm. 5 days later, the well is 15 meters deep, they take the dirt out, and Zhifa see in the basket with the dirt a clay head, and a bronze arrow head.(0 votes)
[Music] over the past 40 years discoveries in Chinese archeology have brought new insights into the beginning of Chinese history the most famous find was made in 1974 when farmers in Xi'an stumbled upon a large underground army guarding the tomb of China's first emperor who died in 210 BC II it revealed more than 6,000 terracotta soldiers they were vibrantly painted and represent the largest ceramic project ever completed other exciting finds include four to six thousand-year-old burials in the far northeast and southeast of China these graves contain finely worked Jade's the Jade's were obviously objects of great prestige not only because of the precious material but also because of the difficulty of working such a hard stone some of the Jade's are decorated with finely engraved faces what these intriguing faces represent remains a mystery in the Shan culture over 3,000 years ago bronze vessels played an important role in rituals it was long thought that no culture of that time could equal the quality and beauty of the bronzes produced by the Shan then much to the surprise of archaeologists two pits were discovered in 1986 in San Cheng lay in Sichuan far removed from the center of Shang civilization but dating to the same period they were filled with elephant tusks and bronzes unlike anything seen or large masks with protruding eyes bronze heads and finally a life-size bronze figure nothing yet is known of the people who made these objects and why they did so another find that surprised archeologists was the tomb of Mark II II discovered in the south of China in 1977 this tomb dating to 433 BCE contained over 22 thousand pounds of bronze objects the most ever found in one place many objects were magical creatures provided to protect Marquis II it is after life groundwater in the tomb had preserved many of the lacquer objects in near-perfect condition providing the first glimpse of the wealth and splendor of this important southern artform this is the tomb of Leo Zhang a hung dynasty prince who died in 113 BCE his tomb shows the shift from the burial of ritual objects to the creation of an eternal home for the dead beautiful lamps provided light incense burners perfumed the air and elegant vessels were provided for food and drink the most remarkable finds however were to Jade suits worn by the dead Prince and his wife it was thought that the Jade suits would protect the deceased [Music] much of ancient Chinese history remains buried who can guess what future amazing discoveries will be unearthed these finds will undoubtedly force us to revise and update our view of Chinese history [Music] you [Music] you