The Han Dynasty
Emperor Guangwu (13 January 5 BCE – 29 March 57 CE), born Liu Xiu, was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty, restorer of the dynasty in 25 CE and thus founder of the Later Han or Eastern Han (the restored Han Dynasty). He ruled over parts of China at first, and through suppression and conquest of regional warlords, the whole of China was consolidated by the time of his death in 57 CE.
Gilt bronze tsun wine vessel with mountain scenes and animal feet Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD). The origins of Chinese landscape art probably began in the carved stone images of the Han dynasty. This bronze shows rows of mountains inhabited with animals, serving not only as decoration, but also as an ideal representation of the land. Thus, this important work stands at the beginning of landscape art in China.
Replica Han Dynasty crossbow. The Han crossbow was a really effective and brilliantly conceived weapon. The key component of the weapon was its bronze trigger. It was the most important ranged weapon on ancient China and was used with great effect, especially under the Han dynasty. They used them en masse, with alternating shooting and loading, like a musket firing line.
DANCER WITH WHITE DRESS HAN DYNASTY (206 BC- 220 AD) Dancer with clay dark gray slip white and red and black details. Dynamic movement and very clean . dress three-necked long kimono tied at the waist with a thick cloth which was often the time of the homespun and the folds are highlighted in red. Flat head hair tied back in typical of the period, divided around a line centered. Facial features finely drawn with a brush.
This comb was excavated in 1972 which belonged to Lady Dai (or 'Xin Zhui' (辛追) of the Western Han Dynasty who died around 50 years of age in 163 BC, and was buried in an immense tomb at Mawangdui in Changsha, with more than 1,000 items ranging from drink and food vessels, to silk clothing and tapestries, to figurines of musicians and mourners.
Close-up view of the head of Lady Dai, (or 'Xin Zhui' (辛追) of the Han dynasty, who died in died 163 BC). After opening the tomb, workers discovered her exceptionally preserved remains alongside hundreds of valuable artifacts and documents. Her body and belongings are currently under the care of the Hunan Provincial Museum, which has allowed occasional international exhibits.
Western Han painting on silk was found draped over the coffin in the grave of Lady Dai (c. 168 BC) at Mawangdui near Changsha in Hunan province. A T-shaped piece of silk with a painting of Lady Dai draped over her coffin is the earliest portraiture in Chinese painting, Tai said.