China's Cultural Relics by Li Li

By Li Li

A part of the academic and wonderfully produced Cultural China sequence, this e-book makes a speciality of the cultural relics which stay of 1 of the oldest civilizations on the earth. It supplies a short account of the 12 kinds of relics unearthed in China up to now, and discusses them as consultant items which supply a glimpse into China’s earlier. In brilliant colour, with illustrations and pictures accompanying the textual content all through.

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A tomb of this period invariably has, in front of its gate, a bull-like animal with upright horns and warriors in armor suits supposedly to ward off invasion by evil spirits. Inside the tomb there are ox carts and horses meant for use by the tomb owner in the nether world, along with male and female attendants, as well as kitchen utensils, water wells, grinding mills and domestic animals and poultry. Wars were fought one after another between warlords during the period of the Southern-Northern Dynasties (420-589).

The different parts of a figure – the trunk, legs, arms, feet and hands – were produced separately and then assembled. The feet were installed on the base, then the legs on the feet, then the trunk on the feet, then the arms on the trunk, and the last step was to place the head on the neck. Faces of the terracotta figures are typically of the Chinese living in north China – somewhat flat with narrow, long eyes and eyebrows, as well as prominent cheekbones. The eyebrows, eyes, noses, hair buns and moustaches were done manually, as were the finishing touches to the armor suits and clothes.

Two of the horses have on their manes a three-flower pattern popular at the time, and the manes of the other two each bear a single pattern. Another master piece unearthed from the same tomb is a camel carrying four musicians and a dancer on its back, the dancer, in green costumes, obviously belonging to an ethnic minority group of China’s. Funerary figurines of the following dynasties Funerary practices popular during the Tang Dynasty continued into the period from 907 to 960, when separatist regimes, known as the “five dynasties and ten kingdoms”, were set up in different parts of China.

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