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Treasures from the Emperor’s Tomb: Tiger

Posted on by Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Along with 7,000-some terracotta warriors, over 10,000 objects (figures, weapons, incense burners, instruments, and more) have been found in Emperor Qin Shihuang’s tomb. “China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy” features over 120.

To highlight these objects, we present to you Treasures from the Emperor’s Tomb.

Tiger, Warring States period (475–221 BCE), Gold, height 2.3 cm, length 4.8cm. Excavated at Fengxiang in Shaanxi, 1979, Xi’an Municipal Museum 3gj70. The image is produced with kind permission from the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre.

This gold tiger, which was cast from a mold, is vividly rendered with bared teeth, bulging eyes, and upright ears. Along its back is a horizontal bar through which a strap could be laced to attach it to other objects.

Visit “China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy” to see this object (and many more!) in person.

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