Roberto Ciarla, born in Velletri, Italy, has participated in numerous expeditions in Italy and Asia. Since 1985 he has worked with the Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale in Rome as a curator of the East Asian art collections. Araldo de Luca, one of the world's leading art photographers, has published his photographs in White Star's The Treasures of the Pyramids (2003) and Pompeii (2004), among others.
The Eternal Army: The Terracotta Soldiers of the First Emperorby Roberto Ciarla (Text by), Araldo De Luca (Photographer), Maurizio Scarpari (Editor), Lionello Lanciotti (Editor), Araldo de Luca (Photographer)
A vast "army" of over 7,000 terracotta statues of soldiers surrounds the tomb of the first emperor of the Qin dynasty in the Shaanxi province in northwestern China. These vigilant soldiers have been on duty for 2,000 years, but does anyone know what sort of ruler Qin Shi Huang was? Why did his tomb have to be guarded by a mysterious army? Was Qin Shi Huang so power-hungry he sought control even over the spirit world? Why did he feel compelled to defend himself even in the next life? Using the mausoleum structure as a key, the splendidly illustrated book answers many of the questions that have intrigued travelers, archaeologists, and students of Chinese culture since the site was discovered in 1974.This lavish, powerful volume explores the life and times of the man who founded a dynasty that would continue to the dawn of the 20th century. It gathers the most recent archaeological data with photographs taken on site expressly for this book-accompanied by essays from archaeologists and experts in Chinese art and history. What emerges is a profile of one of China's most powerful, legendary figures and a new view of one of Asia's most spectacular tourist attractions.
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