Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This documentary takes the viewer on a tour of the ancient imperial tombs of China, chronicling the history of a 4,000 year old civilization, through its funerary practices and art objects. Construction of the tombs to house the souls of the dead often occupied an emperor for his entire lifetime and the site and planning of the tomb were guided by Fengshui, the ancient Chinese art of placement. One such tomb was discovered in 1974. The grave of the First Emperor of the Imperial Dynasty, Qin Shihuangdi contains about 10,000 artifacts. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the World. Art works and crafts of the highest workmanship are presented in the film. Archeologists share what they have learned about the civilization that produced them.
artifact, China, civilization, dynasty, emperor, feng-shui, imperialism, tomb