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Terracotta Warriors: Wu Chang

Nephrite Jade! They called the stone Yu in Chinese. Treasured by the inhabitants of China for more than six millennia, no other stone has claimed this venerated status. Jade has more than five hundred Chinese characters based on the root name, many of which were associated with value, beauty, power and riches. Confucius is thought […]

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Terracotta Warriors: The Union

The Union of the Earth and the Universe, by Darren Palmer symbolizes the eternal spirit of Qin Shi Huangdi and his mother Lady Zhao. The “Three Teachings” of Confucianism, Daoism, and Chinese Buddhism were China’s enormous contribution to the spiritual and moral history of humanity.   The bond that existed between Earth and Heaven guided the […]

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Terracotta Warriors: Twelve

Legend tells us that the genesis of the Chinese calendar can be traced back to Qin Shi Huangdi, the Dragon Emperor.  Even though the People’s Republic of China currently uses the Gregorian calendar for civil purposes, the traditional calendar marks the festival celebrations.  There are twelve animals associated with Chinese Zodiac, each one having special […]

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Terracotta Warriors: Steel Unwoken

The straightforward definition of steel is a metal consisting of iron and carbon.  The symbolism behind the word is much more complex.  Determined, unyielding, strong, bold and resolute come to mind. Dan Stotten captures the spirit of “made of steel” in his artistic portrayal of the Terracotta Warrior named Steel Unwoken.  As I gazed into […]

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Terracotta Warriors: Rising Phoenix

A Rising Phoenix stands guard at the domestic check-in counter at the Vancouver Airport.   The artist, Erin Foggoa created a Terracotta Warrior that embodies the spirit of the iconic winged creature that is featured prominently in countless mythologies. In China, the Phoenix (fenghuang) symbolizes virtue, honour and grace. It is the feminine counterpart to the […]

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Terracotta Warriors: Metallic Warrior

The Metallic Warrior represents the strength and unity in the first empire of the Qin.  Qin Shi Huangdi means  “First August Emperor,” a fitting name for the man who accomplished the unification of China. Qin Shi Huangdi’s son and successor, Er Shi, lacked his father’s strength. Er Shi’s reign lasted three years before the Qin Empire […]

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Terracotta Warriors: The Golden Warrior

Throughout China’s history,  yellow or gold was considered to be the most beautiful colour.  Found in royal attire and used to decorate royal palaces and temples, yellow corresponds with the earth and signifies wealth, happiness and freedom from worldly cares. Yellow symbolized ancient China’s five legendary emperors, traditionally believed to be the founders of the […]

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