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Chinese Terracotta Warriors

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I learned about many significant artwork and artist in this class. This class provided me with a better understanding of the history of the world Art, but also helped me understand the development of art style. However, among all of these precious pieces of artwork, there are two special ones that caught my attention: The Chinese Qin Terracotta Warriors and The Haniwa. Each of them represents the artist’s stylistic characteristics and cultural context. Although they represented different art of rulers, historical values, and scenes, there were visible similarities. Chinese Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a significant sculpture that represented the armies of Qin Shi Huang (the first Emperor of China). It is also know as the eight wonder of the world. It described a strong personalty and a specific characteristics from that era. This amazing artwork not only shows the remarkable historical value but also the great artistic achievement. Qin Terracotta art is a …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the chinese qin terracotta warriors and the haniwa represent the artist's stylistic characteristics and cultural context.
  • Describes the chinese qin terracotta warriors and horses as a significant sculpture that represented the armies of the first emperor of china.
  • Describes king cheng as the first qin emperor that captured the six kingdoms (han, zhao, wei, yan, chu, and qi) from 230 bc to 221 bc.
  • Explains that shi huangdi buried with more than seven thousand terra-cotta warriors in 210-209 bc and used 700,000 workers, craft man, and designer to complete his mausoleum.
  • Explains that a chinese archaeologist, zhongyi, discovered more than eight thousand life size warriors, six hundred life-size horses, ten thousand metal arrowhead, swords and few chariots.
  • Explains that qin terracotta warriors and horses shows the best power of the chinese dynasty.
  • Explains that haniwa warrior was built from basic clay cylinders and abstract shapes, such as human figures, houses, and animals.

Haniwa warrior was made during the Kofun period (300BC-552BC). It was build from basic clay cylinders and more abstract shapes, such as human figures, houses, and animals. These sculptures always several feet in height with a built up forms. Japanese also used coil method to form the overall shape which makes the result tens very similar with the Qin Terracotta. This figure is wearing similar outfits compare with the northern horsemen during the Six Dynasties period (220 BC–589 BC). It shows the influence of culture context. Unlike Qin warrior, the Japanese placed Haniwa on the top of the grave mound. According to the Gardner’s Art through the Ages, the variety of figure types suggests that haniwa functioned not as military guards but as a spiritual barrier protecting both the living and the dead from contamination. It is very clear that haniwa is treated as a door which separate people from the living and the

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