WHAT: RASBJ online talk by Dr. Jianjun Mei: "Emperor Qinshihuang's bronze birds: evidence of connections with distant cultures?"
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, 7:00-8:00 PM Beijing Standard time
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT:
Some treasures found in the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor (259-210 BC) at Xi'an-- the terracotta warriors, the elaborate horse chariots -- are familiar icons by now. But not so the exquisite bronze waterbirds that also accompanied the Emperor in the afterlife, but were excavated much more recently. Some attributes of these bronze artifacts moreover seem to evoke faraway cultures -- what are the possible links?
Forty-six bronze waterbirds -- twenty ducks, twenty swans and six cranes -- were excavated from a sacrificial pit in the Emperor's mausoleum in 2001-2003. Scientific examination of these birds has revealed some intriguing technical evidence suggesting possible cultural influences from the West.
Dr Jianjun Mei will introduce these waterbirds in the context of the other items in the mausoleum, relate them to other Chinese bronzes, and explore their place in cultural connections between China and distant cultures in the West during the late first millennium BCE.
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