Mon, Mar 18, 2013 -- 10:00 AM

China's Terracotta Warriors Come to SF

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Courtesy Asian Art Museum
Courtesy Asian Art Museum

When the Chinese Emperor Qin Shihuang died in 210 BC, he took his royal court and over 7,000 of his soldiers with him to the grave. But they were all made of clay. Dubbed the "ghost army," over 7,000 terracotta warriors were built by craftsmen and lined up underground alongside clay horses and weapons. A portion of those soldiers are now on display at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. We talk to experts about the exhibit.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Albert Dien, professor emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University
  • Dr. Lui Yang, Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; author of "China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy."
  • Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco
  • Michael Nylan, professor of history at UC Berkeley who specializes in early China and the 20th century reception of the past

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