Chinese Terracotta Army Project - Ancient China
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Chinese terracotta head

Chinese terracotta army head
Chinese terracotta army head made by kids at
Laurelhurst School, Portland Oregon

In the Ch'in Dynasty, about 210 BC, one of the emperors had a whole army of men made out of clay to go in his tomb and guard him in the afterlife.

To make a head like the ones the emperor buried in his tomb, build it out of clay. It will use less clay if you make an armature - a core made out of something else. You might use a balloon, or crumple paper into balls and then cover them with tape.

Other activities:

    * Paper-making
    * Making a compass
   

Bibliography and further reading about Chin Dynasty Chinese art:

art in china book

Art in China (Oxford History of Art Series), by Craig Clunas (1997). Not specifically , but a good introduction to the spirit of Chinese art. Warning: this one is not arranged in chronological order. Instead, it has chapters on sculpture, calligraphy, and so on.

The Incredible Story of China's Buried Warriors, by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent (1999). For middle schoolers, about the terracotta army figures shown on this page. Great reviews!

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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