Terracotta Warriors inspired by ancient Greek sculpture

A recent study showed that Chinese tomb of Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and other life-size statues are inspired by ancient Greek art.

New research says the mausoleum terracotta sculptures inspired from ancient Greek culture.

By the life-size infantry, cavalry, archers, chariots and generals statue consisting of about 8,000 terracotta warriors and horses, were buried in three pits in the northeastern part of the tomb of Qin Shi Huang. Now the latest research indicates that the tomb of Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Army was inspired by the ancient Greek statues. A university lecturer Lukas Nickel, University of London wrote: “entirely possible that the mausoleum statue from early exposure to Greek culture with China.”

Evidence Nickel includes the latest translation of the ancient record, which tells the story of a huge statue in China’s far west, prompting Qin Shi Huang in front of his palace to copy these statues.Nickel said that this story provides evidence of early contact between China and the West, these contacts not only inspire Terracotta copied 12 huge statues, and built the Terra Cotta Warriors.Nickel made in the reign of Qin Shi Huang, China did not build life-size statue, the statue built so many ideas from those Asian countries affected by the impact of Alexander the Great War.

Nickel will tell the story of the 12 statues of ancient Chinese literature translated over. Literature does not tell how the statue appeared, who brought the statue and the object of these statues really describe, but recorded a larger-than-life statue, standing approximately 11.55 meters high, 1.38 meters long legs there. They make Qin Shi Huang was impressed, so he decided to use the weapons of war, the use of copper casting 12 copies. These huge replica has ceased to exist, because they are placed outside the palace of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor died hundreds of years after it had been destroyed. The terracotta warriors buried in the ground though preserved, but did not keep any records.

Even so, these records also indicate the existence of some form of contact with the ancient Chinese and Central Asian countries, and these countries were Greek culture and traditions of the construction of the statue. Nickel in the paper wrote: “the sculptor tried skeleton, muscles and tendons describe the movement of people, this was only the understanding of the human body in Greece affected by the European and Asian pop.” He proposed to create such a realistic The statue is not a simple contact can learn, ancient Greece took hundreds of years to master. This is a complex art, between day and night can not be completed.

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