Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)
April 3-July 16, 2017
A major landmark exhibition of ancient Chinese art will open at The Met on April 3. Showcasing more than 160 works—including renowned terracotta army warriors—the exhibition will illuminate the unprecedented role that art played in creating a lasting Chinese cultural identity. Drawn exclusively from museums and archaeological institutes in the People’s Republic of China, the majority of the works have never before been seen in the West. Other highlights include a recently discovered life-size sculpture of a seminude performer; scholars speculate that the work’s anatomical accuracy—hitherto unknown in Chinese figural art—was inspired by Hellenistic sculptures that Alexander the Great introduced into Central Asia a century earlier.