Use of Objects for the Afterlife in China

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Caitlin McGowan AR104 – Section B Professor King October 14, 2010 The Use of Objects for the Afterlife in China The Army of first Emperor of the Qin was discovered in the spring of 1974 . It consists of an army of 7,000 life-size sculpted soldiers , chariots, and horses. The sculptures are made of out terracotta clay . Each sculpture is original, they all consist of their own unique details . This army represents the emperor’s ability to control the resources of the newly unified China . The soldiers are known to be a part of Shihuangdi's tomb . According to archaeologists, it is believed that this terracotta army was created to
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Unformatted text preview: accompany the first emperor of China into the afterlife . He wanted to recreate and maintain that empire in the afterlife . In China, objects are buried and meant to be used for the afterlife . When they die, they would make a journey to another world where they would then lead a new life . They would need all the things they had used when they were alive , just like Shihuangdi's Army . To make sure that they would be prepared for the after life, family members would put sacred items in their graves . The use of objects for the afterlife is very significant and important ....
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