25 juin 2021

Foot soldiers, Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE - 24 CE

Foot soldiers, Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE - 24 CE

Foot soldiers. Excavated from a tomb at Yangjiawan, Xianyang, Shaanxi Province. Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE - 24 CE. Painted earthenware, height 48 x 50 cm, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing© The Israel Museum

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Detail: full figure. Foot soldiers. Excavated from a tomb at Yangjiawan, Xianyang, Shaanxi Province. Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE - 24 CE. Painted earthenware, height 48 x 50 cm, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing© The Israel Museum

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Detail: close up. Foot soldiers. Excavated from a tomb at Yangjiawan, Xianyang, Shaanxi Province. Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE - 24 CE. Painted earthenware, height 48 x 50 cm, National Museum of Chinese History, Beijing© The Israel Museum. 

This group of three foot soldiers were discovered in a Han dynasty tomb. The tomb contained a miniature army of over 1,800 infantrymen, 580 cavalrymen, and models of war chariots. The soldiers' dress and faces still have lively colors, and they once held miniature bronze weapons. The detailed depiction of dress and armor provides vivid insight into warfare in the Han period. The occupant of the tomb was apparently Zhou Yafu, a high-ranking official who had helped the Emperor Jing of Han to conquer seven warring states.

Exhibition 'China: One Hundred Treasures', Jerusalem, August 14, 2001 - January 15, 2002

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