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Interpretation of "Figure with Green Facial Expression" Unearthed in Pit No.2 in Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum

Author(s): Sihong Zhu

Year: 2017

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There are various opinions about this kneeling archer which was unearthed in Pit No.2 at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum known as the "Figure with Green Facial Expression". This paper holds a view that it should be called the "Figure with Cyan Facial Expression"; and combined with the ideological and cultural backgrounds and perception of colors, so to express the humanity and politics of Chinese color theory under the influence of Yin-Yang and Five-element thoughts. Seen from the original meaning of "cyan", it gives warriors a sense of youthful vigor. Analyzed from the point of color psychology, "cyan" means humanistic property which shows the inner personality of warriors, such as loyalty, education and cautiousness. In addition, the "figure with cyan facial expression" is a reflection of color diversity used in the art fabrication of terracotta warriors.


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Interpretation of "Figure with Green Facial Expression" Unearthed in Pit No.2 in Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum. Sihong Zhu. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430467)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17071

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America