Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

A companion book to the magnificent exhibition of the treasures from the tomb of the First Emperor of China.

Edited by Rebecca Rice

Publication date: December 2018
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $35.00
Extent: 168 pages
Format: Limpbound
ISBN: 978-0-9951031-1-5

Out of print

This book is published to mark the exhibition at Te Papa of the remarkable third century BC funerary statues excavated from the astounding archaeological site at Xi'an, China.

The sculptures depicted the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and were made to protect him in his afterlife. The 200 especially selected pieces from the site have travelled to Wellington and then to Melbourne, for their first exhibition in Australasia for 30 years. This highly illustrated catalogue has images of all the objects in the exhibition as well as informative essays that explain more about the creation of the objects and their ongoing discovery.

Look inside Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality (1.70 MB)

About the author

Dr Rebecca Rice is the Curator of New Zealand Historical Art at Te Papa. Her research includes New Zealand’s representation at international exhibitions, particularly through the displays of fine art, photography and ethnographic artefacts, as well as how artists used these exhibitions to promote their own practice. She is also researching the art produced during the New Zealand Wars of the nineteenth century, and the impact of impressionism on New Zealand artists at home and abroad.

Out of print