The “Usefulness” of the Terracotta Army

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The “Usefulness” of the Terracotta Army
George Kubler wrote,
“Let us suppose that the idea of art can be expanded to embrace the whole range of man-made things, including all the tools and writing in addition to the useless, beautiful and poetic things of the world. By this view the universe of man-made things simply coincides with the history of art. It then becomes an urgent requirement to devise better ways of considering everything men have made. This we may achieve sooner by proceeding from art rather than from use, for if we depart from use alone, all useless things are overlooked; but if we take the desirableness of things as our point of departure, the useful objects are properly seen as things we value more or less dearly”...
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