Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Chinese Terracotta Warriors

Perhaps the war between Australia and China is fake news?

I think the terracotta warriors were brought to Australia in the 1980s, but they have been back and we saw them a few weeks ago.

It was amazing to see such sculptures so old, with dates of...........well, I'll get to that. I forgot my camera but my phone did well enough. I liked this sculpture with the dog carrying its pup.




This piece is not original.


Somehow a murmuration of porcelain swallows was included.


I forget what these fake flowers were about.






They may look fierce with big heads, but they are quite 'armless. You can't really see it in my photo, but one warrior was 'superior' to the rest. As you know me, you can guess what I mean.



As we left we noted the Spiegeltent is back, a bordello type theatre performance space. Think of lots of velvet drapery and huge cushions. I think its origins are from Brussels.


Oh yes, the date thingie. Most sculptures are from around 220 BCE. Well, I know what BC is but what is BCE? And what is CE. Of course Guggle was my friend and how interesting. BC is of course Before Christ, year zero. BCE is Before Common Era and means the same thing. CE is Common Era, or as most of us know it, AD, Anno Domini. I am inclined to say if it ain't broke, don't fix it, but BC and AD is very much a Christian dating system and not all the world is Christian. Yes, not even me. I am one of those horrible Atheists. I don't believe in any greater power. 

So please, if you feel the need, send me your kind thoughts but not your prayers. Thoughts and Prayers is rather topical in Australia today as our Prime Minister has sent them to the people affected by bushfires and half the nation is pissed orf with his thoughts and prayers from his happy clapper religious bent and cartoonists are having a field day. Better that he acts on climate change in a Prime Ministerial manner.

Btw, if you want to see something really really old, check out Marie's post as she covers the areas around every London train station. One object she shows in a museum is The Dagenham Idol, and is 2250 BCE, preserved in marshes. That's seriously old.

26 comments:

  1. I enjoyed seeing the terracotta army in situ but I also saw the touring exhibition when it came to the British Museum a few years ago and was surprised to see the vibrant colours on some of the exhibits. Thank you for the mention. I can't get used to changing from BC and AD to BCE and CE.

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    1. Marie, you won't normally hear the words political correctness gone mad from me but in this case, I think so. It is still a Christian date zero. Why change it?

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  2. I would never send you prayers being of similar bent. I find it so insulting when that is all people offer, sitting back from the disasters unfolding around us. Anyways...
    Love the exhibit, what's with the armless thing? did they fall off?
    Inquiring minds need to know.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, it seeks to me that 'thoughts and prayers' come readily from Trumpet and his supporters. How about action? I don't know about the arms. It seems quite odd.

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  3. The full size warriors are fantastic. I didn't think I would like funerary art buried with a brutal emperor in 210 BCE, along with all his living workers. Brutal, but the man was a genius.

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    1. Hels, you know your history well.

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  4. I've only ever seen the warriors in newspapers and on TV. I believe they were in Adelaide once but can't remember when and I wish I'd gone to see them. I think they're pretty fantastic.

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    1. River, they were interesting enough. The sheer age of them was the most amazing thing to me.

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  5. Where did Napoleon keep his armies?
    In his sleevies.

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  6. I have been told that there were several concurrent touring exhibitions of the 'warriors'. The clever Chinese made perfect copies, but the delicate originals always stayed in situ. I cannot confirm this.

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    1. Cro, its China. Anything is possible.

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  7. Something different to marvel at. I bet they are well sculptured.

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    1. They are very well done Margaret.

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  8. I married a scholar who focused on ancient Greece and Rome, BCE is commonly used in those fields. In the USA we usually only get "thoughts and prayers" when we have a mass shooting, about the only thing we get from this administration - and lies - and bragging - and well you get the idea.

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    1. Travel, I am surprised I had not heard of BCE. Especially galling when there is a mass shooting and those in power do nothing about guns.

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  9. I had to get John to read your remark about 'armless and being superior. He got a laugh.
    Thoughts and prayers is such a trite remark,totally useless.

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  10. I have seen the Chinese Warriors a few years ago ! Very impressive ! I hate when politic and religion are mixed together, fortunately that's typical American. Here as everybody is catholic anyway (except me but I am not Belgian) there is no question about religion, I don't even know somebody who goes to church ! Our Prime minister has 5 children and is not married (imagine Trump not married) and the one before was gay, but he had no complex about it and once a journalist asked him if he was homosexual and he turned around smiled and said : So what ?? Nobody asked him anmore. In the States everything is done with a church, travels, probably also scrabble clubs. And if you are not in a church you are an outsider ! Religions are man made I believe in something, but that's my private business. "God bless you" and Arthur sends you purrayers ! (American cat language)

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    1. Gattina, your former PM disarmed journalists with honesty and left them nowhere to go. Clever.

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  11. What a fascinating exhibition Andrew, you have put me in the mood for an art gallery visit, maybe tomorrow! I think the thoughts and prayers thing is something he picked up on his trip to the US, isn't that what #45 and others say after every mass shooting they have.. no bloody comfort at all!

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    1. And you did Grace. Morrisson is playing to certain voters, thinking there is no harm elsewhere by saying, thoughts and prayers.

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  12. I remember seeing the terracotta warriors exhibition in Sydney a few years ago and it was fascinating.

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    1. Sami, it was very well curated here. So many school children there as well. I wonder how many were really interested.

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  13. The Terracotta Warriors are amazing.
    I will not push my God on you, as you know I am a Christian (Episcopal) but do not feel I need to save anyone. A persons relationship with a Higher Power is their own business. And if they have no belief, that is okay too!

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    1. Maribeth, I think thoughts and prayers is as much a cultural thing as anything else, and its your culture. But as you can see, we don't like it here.

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