China. Birth of an Empire

September 22, 2006

February 4, 2007

Scuderie del Quirinale

The exhibition presents the civilizations of China from the Zhou dynasty, the last dynasty prior to Imperial China from 1045-221 bC, to the two imperial dynasties of Qin (221-206 bC) and Western Han (206 bC-23 AD). It is curated by Lionello Lanciotti and Maurizio Scarpari, and organzied with the support of the University of Ca Foscari in Venice. The Zhou, Qin and Western Han dynasties are illustrated through a large canvas spanning the ten centuries during which the Chinese Empire was moulded and consolidated. Its refined culture and far-reaching administrative structure would preserve it for twenty-one centuries. The exhibition is comprised of 320 objects, some of which have never left China before. These include 21 sculptures from the Terracotta Army of the First Emperor: an army composed of thousands of life size warriors, horses and chariots, discovered around the Lintong Mausoleum close to the ancient Imperial Capital.

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