I N N O V ATIO N S A N D C R E ATI V ITY I N A N C I E N T Q I N : A J O I N T S E M I N AR B Y T H E AR T G A L L E R Y O F N S W A N D T H E U N I V E R S I T Y O F S Y D N E Y – TAASA Review March 2011
John Millbank H eld on 4-5 December 2010 in conjunction with the opening of the AGNSW exhibition The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors, this seminar brought together speakers from Australia, China, Taiwan, the US, the UK and Canada.
The seminar’s major focus was on the earlier pre-imperial history of the state of Qin.
Two recurring questions were raised in one form or other by all the speakers: Who were the Qin and how did they emerge from a brawling ruck of warring kingdoms to unify the land we now call China? And what do the objects found around the First Emperor’s mausoleum tell us about what they believed and expected to encounter in the afterlife? The Qin have long been portrayed as a rough, tough people from China’s north-western frontier, even as descendants of cultureless nomadic barbarians from beyond the borders...