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about the figure
Qin Shihangdi, the monarch also known as Qin Shi Huang with personal name Ying Zheng was born in 260 BC and died in 210 BC. He is the a controversial but a very important figure in Chinese and World history. Having unified China, he and his chief adviser Li Si passed a series of major reforms aimed at cementing unification, and they undertook some gigantic projects, most notably the precursor version of the current Great Wall of China, a city-sized mausoleum guarded by a life-sized Terracotta army, and a massive national road system, at the expense of numerous human lives. To ensure stability, he outlawed Confucianism and buried many of its scholars alive, banning and burning all books other than those officially decreed.
Emperor Qin Shi Huang was the son of the king of the Qin State. At the age of thirteen, he succeeded his father's regality. Ying Zheng was very aggressive and ambitious at an early age. He assumed full power at 22 by ridding himself of his premier, Lu Buwei, who acted as regent while he was a minor. He wanted to unify and subjugate all the states like Han, Zhao, Wei, Chu, Yan and Qi by the powerful political, economic and military strength of the Qin State. Ying Zheng realized his ambition and built the first feudal and centralized empire in Chinese history in 221 BC. This was what we called - the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC). Ying Zheng was the first emperor of a united China, so he proclaimed himself Qin Shi Huang.
When Ying Zheng unified China, he considered his achievement surpassing the legendary San Huang (three emperors) and Wu Di (five sovereigns)". He created a new title for himself: "Huangdi" together with "Shi (means the first)", hence get the name "Qin Shi Huang" or "Qin Shi Huangdi", which means he was the first emperor of China. He hoped his descendants would follow in his steps to rule China for eternity.
In order to consolidate the nascent empire, Qin Shi Huang reformed politics, economy and culture. In politics, he abolished the hereditary vassal enfeoffment system and established prefectures and counties, ruled directly by the emperor. Based on the original rules of the Qin State, the emperor adopted some regulations of other rival states to form a workable law of the Qin Dynasty. In economy, he claimed that both the agriculture and commerce were very important. People should have them developed together. Besides, tax system began to function and coinage and metrology were all standardized. In culture, the emperor unified the Chinese characters in writing, which promoted the development of the Chinese culture. However, he also suppressed scholars who were not to his liking. Consequently, many scholars involved were killed in Xian Yang.
The symbol of the Chinese ancient civilization, the Great Wall bears witness to Qin Shihuang's centralism. He ordered conscript laborers to link together the defensive works against marauding nomads already built by the former states. That was the forerunner of the modern Great Wall. Another world-famous achievement is the Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, which was discovered nearby the mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Both are the wonders of China. But during their construction, countless conscripts lost their lives.
Qin Shi Huang longed for longevity, so he sent his ministers to go on quests seeking for an elixir of immortality. However, death claimed him before he could find success on that matter. The emperor departed from the world of the living in 210 BC while traveling. The Peasant Uprising led by Chen Sheng and Wu Guang broke out soon after Hu Hai, the second generation, got onto the throne. Accordingly, the Qin Dynasty came to an abrupt end in 206 BC. Qin Shi Huang is truly an epoch-making historic emperor in China's history.
The figure comes in 160 x 130 x 50 mm. Seil Models standard black color heavy cardboard box. The box is inserted in a fine quality paper sleeve with two photos of the bust-front and right view.
Inside the box, there is an A5 photo paper sheet including 2 photos of the bust painted by Kim Man Jin to refer as a color guide.
Parts are well protected between two slabs of thick black polyfoam . Bead string and nameplate are packed in seperate transparent plastic bags to avoid damage.
The figure is sculpted by Zhou Chun Mei and made up of 1 resin and 7 white metal parts. In addition; approximately 9 cm.s string of small metal beads is supplied for Qin Shihangdis ceremonial crown.Casting of all parts is very clean.
Head : The only resin part of the kit. Facial details like the eyes, especially ears, beard and moustache are well represented. The details of the ceremonial crown are sculpted and cast very nice.
Front part of bust : He wears a formal court robe named Chaofu made of gauze or lined with silk. The robe is decorated in many symbols of sovereignty. In Chinese cosmology; a circle represents heaven , a square represents earth and the dragon symbolises the emperor. The symbols are represented extremely good in the bust.
Back part of bust : It makes a good fit to the front part with pins and holes on parts. It shows the half of the symbol on the back of robe.
Right shoulder : Different patterns are sculpted in both shoulders. Pin and holes make the correct positioning and assembly easier.
Top part of Crown : August ceremonial crown has a rectangular part on top to carry the beads on sides. Square mounds on the part make good fit to the square holes on the head to assembly it easier. Note that the long part of this part shold be on front. Small holes on both sides areto assembly the bead strings.
Pedestal : It comes in 2 parts. Rectangular part can be easily attached to the bust and the column supports it.
Beads : Crown is decorated in colorful beads in front and back. A small metal beads string in 9 cm.s is supplied in the kit. To make it easier ; each string has 32 beads on the boxart.
Nameplate : As in all latest Seil Models kits ; an etched brass nameplate is given.
Seils high quality clean casting and perfect fit on parts. The symbolic decorations given in relief are very well defined. A very colorful subject that all large scale bust fans will like to paint. Ceremonial crwon with beads gives it a fantastic look.