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    Day 24:   Chinese Artifacts
    SwordOfHeroes

    History in an object

    Today's spotlight, as part of our event's current theme on the Kung Fu Panda franchise's portrayal of Chinese culture, is on the ancient and uniquely designed Chinese artifacts!

    The "artifacts" I'm referring to include any kind of unique object or collection of objects used in the franchise: armor, weapons, objects in display in the Hall of Warriors, scrolls, paintings, ceramics, etc. The franchise has shown quite a number of artifacts so far, particularly weapons and armor. China (as both history and the franchise illustrate) was definitely not a safe place in ancient times, especially when there were wealthy emperors with a large amount of valuables and had their homes made of valuable ores. During the Kung Fu Panda artistic team's trip to China, they got to visit the country's first bank in Ping Yao and had a look at some of the weapons on display. They used this as inspiration for the wolves' arsenal in Kung Fu Panda 2, enhancing it by also adding a flame motif.

    For today's discussion activity, again, share anything you'd like on the subject. Here are some discussion questions to get you started:

    • Why are artifacts important to a culture? Why are they important to the Chinese culture specifically?
    • Are there any objects in particular from the franchise that you like or is your favorite (so far)?
    • What kind of objects do you want to see (or see more of) in the future?

    **ORIGINALLY POSTED JUNE 24, 2013**

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Arim Adnap ON JUNE 24, 2013**

      Artifacts are important because they tell the story of the country. And especially Chinese artifacts are connected with the culture very closely, because there has been many wars to free the different parts of this country in which weapons but also scroll were very important.

      In the franchise I love the old weapons and scrolls most because they're some kind of mystically and interesting. (Even though I find it really...worth worrying about that some of these highly dangerous weapons got already stolen and nearly destroyed whole China!)

      ...So I'm looking forward to see more of old weapons and scrolls to understand even more of the Kung Fu Panda culture! ;-)

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY Jadepalacetrainee ON JUNE 24, 2013**

      I absolutely love Chinese paper lanterns. I'm getting one for my room and I can't wait! I am excited to go to China so that I can see the Terra Cotta warriors because I think that they are the most amazing discovery in China. When you think of it, nothing you can make in art class with clay can compare to the thousands of warriors placed around an ancient tomb. I also wish to buy a silk robe spun by hand and wear what Chinese princesses wore in ancient times. Well, so far all I own is a paper lantern.

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    • **ORIGINALLY POSTED BY IDNpandamaster ON JUNE 24, 2013**

      Artifacs is a symbol for culture, and it's have some history. So Artifacs are realy important to culture, i dont know much about this :P. But i like the Legendary Urn of Whispering Warrior

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