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The Terracotta Warriors and the Egyptian Connection

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Publication date5/09/2019
Number of pages14
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventInternational Association of Societies of
Design Research Conference 2019
- Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 2/09/20195/09/2019
Conference number: 1


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of
Design Research Conference 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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The so-called ‘Terracotta Army’ or ‘Terracotta Warriors’ is a collection of life-sized clay figures excavated in China in 1970s. The main function of this army was to guard the after-life of the first emperor of China. Archaeological evidence shows that the manufacture of the warriors involved a degree of mass production; therefore it is believed that various standards of proportions can be detected in the terracotta figures. It is well known that grid systems played
an important role in dividing the human body geometrically to provide proportions. Application of square grid systems (or cannons of proportion) have been found in ancient Egyptian drawings, ancient Greek sculptures as well as Renaissance statues. This paper reports on the study of 35 of the terracotta standing human figures selected from the ‘The Pit 1excavation report’, and explores further the types of proportion systems probably used by
ancient Chinese crafts people.
Keywords: grids, proportion, Terracotta Warriors