China is united for the first time under the Qin Dynasty.

The inscription on display praises the Qin emperor, whose conquests ended the Warring States period and launched the Qin Dynasty. It lasted just 15 years (221–206 BC), yet produced two of China’s most famous icons: the Great Wall and the terracotta army. The inscription is one of the Museum’s few artifacts from this brief but pivotal era.

  1. 1Inscription from Mount Yi

  2. TOPICBuilding the Great Wall

  3. TOPICInside the First Emperor’s tomb

  4. TOPICHow did the Qin Dynasty unify an empire?

  5. TOPICWhy didn’t the Qin Dynasty last?

  6. TOPICRetracing the First Emperor’s steps today