Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China is the first exhibition dedicated to ancient Chinese art organized and presented by the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition features more than 130 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.
More than 40 of these works have never been on view in the U.S. prior to this exhibition. Dating from the Pre-Qin period (770–221 BCE) to the Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), these works of art, excavated from the emperor’s mausoleum as well as from aristocratic and nomadic tombs, represent history, myths and burials in ancient China.
The discovery of the First Emperor’s tomb and his terracotta army is considered the greatest archeological find of the twentieth century. This exhibition, co-organized with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, explores the legacy of the First Emperor of China, Ying Zheng (reigned 221–210 BCE), by focusing on the three main themes: the birth of the Qin Empire and cultural diversity in ancient China; the First Emperor and the unification of China; and the quest for immortality.
Through the presentation of these rich archaeological finds, visitors will gain deeper knowledge of the First Emperor of the Qin dynasty, also of his legacy and lasting impact on Chinese history and culture.
This exhibition was organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in partnership with the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Shaanxi Provincial History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre), and Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum of the People’s Republic of China.
Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China is on view April 20–August 12, 2018. Tickets are available the Cincinnati Art Museum front desk and online. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.cincinnatiartmuseum.