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Brick reliefs exhibited at Expo

07-13-2010 08:56 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Brick reliefs made nearly 2,000 years ago are the major type of artifacts that have been unearthed from tombs of Eastern Han dynasty. They shed lights on the architecture, life style, and art of the era, while bearing a remarkable aesthetic value. Let's take a look.

Visitors can spot some eastern Han dynasty brick reliefs at the World Expo's Urban Footprint Pavilion.

Bearing inscriptions, or pictures on them, these bricks created 1900 years ago are still in very good shape.

This brick depicts a city gate, flanked by two mighty watch towers, while a phoenix stands between the towers.

Brick reliefs made nearly 2,000 years ago are the major type of artifacts that have been unearthed from tombs of Eastern Han dynasty.
Brick reliefs made nearly 2,000 years ago are the major type of artifacts 
that have been unearthed from tombs of Eastern Han dynasty.

This brick reflects the entertainment available to Eastern Han nobility. One person is playing a zither, and another one is beating the drum, while others are dancing around.

Chen Xiejun, Director of the Shanghai Museum, says brick reliefs came into being during the Qin and Western Han dynasties, adding that the art form was at its peak during Eastern Han, for use mainly as a tomb adornment.

These bricks, accompanying the deceased during their afterlife, bear scenes of war, hunting, excursion, feasting, and entertainment. They contain high artistic value, while immortalizing a panorama of life in the era.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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