In the Service of the Emperor:
The Terracotta Army and the Artistic Legacy of the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE)
First discovered in 1974 by farmers in China, an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures is known as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered one mile east of the known burial site of the First Emperor of China (r. 221–210 BC), or Qin Shihuang, the terracotta army was created to accompany the emperor to the afterlife. This lecture will provide insight into the ancient religious and cultural motivations that led to the construction of the Qin Emperor's tomb. In examining these early periods in Chinese history, the terracotta warriors will be framed within their artistic, ritual and, cultural contexts.
Presenter: Kerry Lucinda Brown, PhD
Kerry Lucinda Brown received her PhD in Art Historical Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, specializing in Asian Art. She earned her BA and MA in Art History from The Ohio State University. Since 1999, Dr. Brown has traveled throughout South Asia and the Himalayas, receiving numerous grants and fellowships to conduct research in the region. Her work has been published in major museum exhibition catalogues including Circl of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art (2003) and Pilgrimage and Faith: Buddhism, Christianity and Islam (2010). She is currently engaged by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as a Museum Educator and Statewide Speaker on the Arts, while also serving as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Randolph-Macon College.