With his death, the First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang was said to have transformed into a powerful Dragon. From that time on, the Dragon became the symbol of empire, portrayed in imperial yellow with five claws on each foot. The dragon narrative, however, pre-dates the First Emperor by decades. Legend has it that a carp swam up waterways against the current as far as the pinnacle of a mountain. Reaching the summit, the carp leapt over the last obstacle – the Dragon Gate – before turning into a dragon as a reward for refusing to give up its quest.
Herman Zheng’s warrior is well named: “Mystical East, Ancient Land of Civilization.” China’s vast beauty and enduring traditions have an enticing mystery that fascinates and stimulates our imagination. Even today, dragons are revered by Chinese people who often call themselves descendants of the Dragon.
Map Position: #26 – No 3 Road & Lansdowne, Richmond
Mystical East, Ancient Land of Civilization
Artist: Herman Zheng
9 thoughts on “Terracotta Warriors: Mystical East, Ancient Land of Civilization”
I was fortunate enough to visit the Terracotta Warriors at the Museum of Qin, when we were over in China a few years back.
Herman Zheng’s sculpture is also amazing. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
How absolutely wonderful!! I can only imagine how amazing it must have felt to be in the presence of history and destiny. Thank you so much for stopping by! You made my day!!!
I loved the story of the dragon… I’m rather into dragons at the moment… and calling my latest book “Chasing the Dragon..” – nothing to do with China!
There is something about a dragon!! Every mythology has one, including The Hobbit which is coming for Christmas…Will be checking out your book. Sounds interesting. 🙂
Do you know the terracotta warriors are coming from china to sf again? Do come by if you have not seen them in Xian. It is in Asian Art Museum.
What a wonderful exhibition!! Lucky, lucky you!!!
I did see them in Xian in 2003. But it is good to see them again.
I agree – looking forward to hearing about your adventure!!