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Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties

Sun, Jason Zhixin, with contributions by I-Tien Hsing, Cary Y. Liu, Pengliang Lu, Lillian Lan-ying Tseng, Yang Hong, Robin D. S. Yates, Zhonglin Yukina Zhang (2017)

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Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)
April 3–July 16, 2017

Featuring more than 160 objects of ancient Chinese art, this major international loan exhibition will explore the unprecedented role of art in creating a new and lasting Chinese cultural identity. Synthesizing new archaeological discoveries with in-depth research performed over the last 50 years, Age of Empires will introduce a transformational era of Chinese civilization to a global audience.

The works in the exhibition—extremely rare ceramics, metalwork, textiles, sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and architectural models—are drawn exclusively from 32 museums and archaeological institutions in the People's Republic of China, and a majority of the works have never before been seen in the West. Highlights include renowned terracotta army warriors and a striking statue of a seminude performer whose anatomical accuracy, unheard of in Chinese art, brings to mind Greco-Roman sculpture first introduced to Asia by Alexander the Great.