|This pottery qun was used as a grain container. It was made as a burial object during the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC). It was found at a dig in Jingyang County. Qun is an archaic word that refered to a type of barn.
The Qin people were one of the clans that belonged to the Zhou Dynasty. Originally, they had made their home in the Qianlong area. When, in 770 BC, King Ping of the Zhou Dynasty moved his capital east to Luoyang, the Qin people moved into the Shaanxi region and the valley of the Wei River. They prospered there and inherited the infrastructure of the Zhou. Skilled craftsmen, factory sites, towns, roads, and irrigation were ready and needed only expansion. As the Zhou Dynasty fell apart and the various kingdoms began to vie with one another, the Qin Kingdom was well placed to take over. They only needed the right ruler and the right strategy. They had both. Most of the work of uniting and conquering the other kingdoms had already been done by the father of Qin Shi Huang Di, but he was well trained by his father and inherited his father's advisors. As anyone who is familiar with China has seen images of the Terracotta Horses and Warriors, little introduction to the dynasty has to be made. A collection of objects from the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum from the Qin Dynasty are described HERE on this site (opens new tab). The index also includes pictures of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses.
Last update: March 2010
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