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Terracotta, terra cotta or terra-cotta , a type of earthenware, is a clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic, where the fired body is porous. Its uses include vessels , water and waste water pipes, bricks, and surface embellishment in building construction, along with sculpture such as the Terracotta Army and Greek terracotta figurines. The term is also used to refer to items made out of this material and to its natural, brownish orange color, which varies considerably. In archaeology and art history, "terracotta" is often used to describe objects such as figurines, not made on a potter's wheel. Objects made on a wheel from the same material, are called pottery; the choice of term depends on the type of object rather than the material. Wikipedia.


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News Article | November 16, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Unearths Stories of Life and the Afterlife in Early China SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - November 16, 2016) - Like the Roman Empire, China's Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) forged one of the most powerful, advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and its elite had it all: unbridled luxury, technical innovations and courtly romance. On Feb. 17, 2017 the Asian Art Museum unveils Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty, an original exhibition of more than 100 dazzling works recently unearthed from the coastal heartland of classical Chinese culture. Never before seen in the United States, these outstandingly crafted royal burial goods survived over 2,000 years underground. Together, they reveal how the early Han courts sought to glorify their statures in this life and in the next one: by creating delicate jade body suits sewn with gold threads, exquisitely decorated coffins, ingenious "smokeless" lamps, silver and bronze banquet utensils and ritual bell sets that still ring. "In addition to luxuries, royals surrounded themselves with domestic wares that surprise us with their intimate portrait of private life during the Han dynasty," says the museum's newly appointed curator for Chinese art, Fan Zhang. "We have everything from a large silver basin for taking baths, to a working stone latrine with an armrest, to a boldly designed ceramic urinal -- we even have two hollow bronze phalluses that could be used." Tomb Treasures exposes the lifestyles and private pleasures of the Han nobility. Coming four years after the wildly popular Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, Tomb Treasures features even newer finds from Jiangsu province, near present-day Shanghai, telling a rich story of early China through these rare artworks and artifacts. The exhibition will be organized into three thematic areas: "This exhibition underscores how connected we really are to the past, that we share the same passions across time and culture," says museum director and exhibition co-curator Jay Xu. "These tomb treasures show how the Han people's ambitions relate to our own pursuit of comfort and security today. The search for longevity, the craving for immortality, the yearning for a joyful life and a satisfying afterlife -- is it the sweetness of this world that inspires our hopes for the next?" A public Opening Party on February 16, themed "In the Afterlife" will kick off Tomb Treasures with music, live performances and dancing. This evening party will also inaugurate the museum's popular 2017 Thursday Night Programs season, which takes place from mid-February to late-September. Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China's Han Dynasty is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the Nanjing Museum. Presentation is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, The Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Fund for Excellence in Exhibitions and Presentations, Warren Felson and Lucy Sun, Angela and Gwong-Yih Lee, Fred Levin and Nancy Livingston, The Shenson Foundation, in memory of Ben and A. Jess Shenson, Hok Pui Leung and Sally Yu Leung, and Sampson C. and Faye Shen Fund. The Asian Art Museum-Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture is one of San Francisco's premier arts institutions and home to a world-renowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures from throughout Asia spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the Asian Art Museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking.


News Article | February 22, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

​​​​​​​​​SlamData Inc., the leading open source analytics company for modern unstructured data today announced that it has raised a $6.7M Series A funding round, led by Shasta Ventures. The investment will drive further development of the firm’s breakthrough analytics solution: a single application for natively exploring, visualizing and embedding analytics against unstructured data sources including NoSQL, Hadoop, and cloud API’s. “The BI industry has failed to help enterprises deal with the data complexity that’s spiraling out of control,” said Jeff Carr, CEO and co-Founder of SlamData.  “SlamData has grown quickly by helping enterprises gain immediate insight into their businesses. Our customers are eliminating up to 80% of the time and costs related to the traditional way of doing business intelligence such as ETL, mapping, and data warehouses, datamarts and other forms of data prep.” SlamData launched its open source solution in 2014, supporting MongoDB. Since then the company has added support for Couchbase, Marklogic, and Spark/Hadoop. SlamData uses a SQL dialect as a standard across all of its supported data sources, offering radical simplicity to companies that utilize numerous database technologies. According to Carr, the new funding round will support the expansion of its executive team, starting with Sreeni Iyer who is joining the company as senior vice president of Engineering and will lead the development of the SlamData platform. Previously Iyer was formerly CTO/CIO and co-Founder of Quad Analytix. He also served as director of WorldWide Solutions at Terracotta and the director of Platform Infrastructure Engineering at Shutterfly. Most recently, he was the Entrepreneur in Residence at Shasta Ventures. “SlamData is an enterprise game-changer. They are the first company that lets you write once to any kind of data source – transforming how today’s businesses can quickly explore, analyze and derive value from their ever-increasing data sources,” said Nitin Chopra, Principal at Shasta Ventures. “We’re thrilled to support Jeff and his team  as they execute on their vision to help businesses make sense of today’s modern fragmented data.” SlamData’s roadmap includes new user interface (UI) features and new data sources featuring real-time and streaming analytics, integration with machine learning providers, RDBMS integration (including RedShift, Oracle, and SQL Server), distributed joins, and richer, high-density interactive data visualizations. For more information on SlamData, visit www.slamdata.com. About SlamData SlamData is the developer of the SlamData open source project, the industry-leading solution for visual analytics over modern data, including NoSQL, Hadoop and Cloud API's. The software allows users to visually explore, refine, visualize and publish/embed data stored in NoSQL databases, without data relocation, ETL or developer resources. SlamData’s mission is to make it easy for non-technical users to see and understand NoSQL data. Currently, SlamData natively supports the most popular NoSQL databases including MongoDB, Couchbase, MarkLogic and Apache Spark/Hadoop. About Shasta Ventures Shasta Ventures is a leading early-stage venture capital firm partnering with bold creative entrepreneurs who are passionate about building great products and amazing experiences. Founded in 2004, Shasta Ventures has funded more than 100 companies specializing in consumer technology, enterprise software and emerging platforms including Apptio, Dollar Shave Club, Mint, Nest and many promising private companies such as Anaplan, Eero,  Glint, Lucidworks, Lightbend, Nextdoor, Smule, Turo, Zuora and more. The firm is based in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California.  Find out more at www.shastaventures.com, or follow us on Twitter at @shasta


News Article | February 8, 2017
Site: www.csmonitor.com

—Archaeologists in China have uncovered the remains of Zhao Xin, a general of the Northern Qi Dynasty, and his wife in a tomb that has lain untouched for 1,500 years. The tomb of the ancient couple, which also includes more than 100 colored figurines, became the highlight of this recent archaeological discovery. While the findings were originally described in 2015, a recent English translation of the article in the journal Chinese Cultural Relics helped to highlight the significance of this unusual discovery, LiveScience reports. "The grave goods in this tomb are comprised of a total of 105 items, mostly pottery figurines," the archaeologists wrote. Well-preserved in their colors, the grave goods were mostly ceramic figurines, featuring warriors and drummers. Other representations include a camel, an ox, and an eternal guard. The tallest one stands at about 22 inches. A sandstone inscription, detailing the life and the reasons behind the location of the burial, was also found in the cemetery, which was excavated by the archaeologists between August 2012 and June 2013. Though the reason why the couple was buried together is still unknown, the inscription says they were buried on March 18, 564, “on the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period.” Zhao Xin, who served the rulers of the dynasty, helped to control part of northern China from 550 to 577 as a general of a garrison of soldiers and at times a governor in different parts of China. Zhao’s accomplishments included leading his garrison to victory in battle at a place called Huangniu Town, “disposing the Yi barbarians,” and “exterminating the enemy” as 1,000 men “lost their souls” and the public flocked to him, according to the translated inscription. While not much was written about his wife, Princess Neé Liu, the inscription commemorates her personality and integrity: “By nature, she was modest and humble, and sincerity and filial piety were her roots. Her accommodating nature was clear, her behavior respectful and chaste,” CBS reports. The burial location, near modern-day Taiyuan city in Shanxi Province, also underscored the importance of the couple. While buried on the “eastern foothills of the Xishan Mountains, on the west bank of the Fenhe River,” the inscription suggested that it could have some symbolic value. Some 69 more tombs were found near the cemetery, and a further analysis of the remains is under way. China has seen some other important archaeological findings in recent years. Last October, historians and archeologists revealed that the Terracotta Army, the life-sized statues that were found in the tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang, were likely inspired by ancient Greek sculptures and art. While “calling into question the commonly held belief that Marco Polo was the first European to travel to Asia in 1300 AD,” this discovery also suggested that this estimate may be off by more than 1,500 years, as The Christian Science Monitor noted at the time.


News Article | February 24, 2017
Site: en.prnasia.com

XI'AN, China, Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Two "time travel"-themed flashmob events organized by the Shaanxi Tourism Administration will be held in Xi'an on February 25-26, 2017, with one to be staged on Muslim Street and the other at Tang Paradise Theme Park. Themed "A different experience in Shaanxi", the first event, entitled "Dreaming of a Return to the Time of the Tang Dynasty", will be staged at the west gate of Tang Paradise at 9am on February 25, where 20 volunteers from China, Canada, Russia and South Korea will dress up as members of the Tang Dynasty household, including Emperor Ming of Tang and the imperial concubine Yang Guifei, alongside assorted maids and eunuchs. They have planned the arrival so it will appear as if the ancient dynasty members have popped out of nowhere and come together at Tang Paradise where they will put on a performance of the Dance of Rainbow Skirt and Feathered Dress, a famous ancient Chinese dance, followed by the much more modern shuffle dance. The combination of classical and modern styles is meant to give the audience the sense of having travelled through time. The second flashmob event will be held on Muslim Street at 11:30am on February 26, when 20 volunteers will suddenly appear as Terracotta Warriors and interact with visitors. Soon after their discovery in the mid-1970s, the Terracotta Warriors became known as the eighth wonder of the world. The "Terracotta Warriors" will engage in a mock battle, reproducing the heroic story of Qin Shi Huang as he conquered the six other states that, at the time, made up what is now China. Following the acting out of the battle scenes, the "Warriors" will burst into a popping dance routine, emulating the street dance craze as a tribute to American singer, songwriter and dancer Michael Jackson. The flashmob events are organized by the Shaanxi Tourism Administration. Following the events, the tourism agency will invite guests from abroad to experience the province's traditions by joining a Shaanxi culture-themed tour. The tour will include stops at history-rich destinations, among them, the Shaanxi History Museum, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Bell and Drum Towers. Volunteers from several countries have agreed to share their experiences in Shaanxi through international social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, showcasing in their own words the wonders of the province of Shaanxi, home to many of the key elements that have given Chinese history, tradition and culture its richness and importance in the pantheon of the world's civilizations. For more information about the Shaanxi flashmob events, please visit the Shaanxi Tourism Administration's official Facebook and YouTube pages: These historical figures will be reproduced at the two "time travel"-themed flashmob events organized by Shaanxi Province in a move to promote culture exchanges between China and other countries. Robert Anspach, a volunteer from Canada, said, "With only a few days left, I'm very excited about my opportunity to have an extraordinary experience in the role of a Terracotta Warrior." Following the two flashmob events, the organizer will present gifts to onlookers. The lucky recipients will be invited to join staff from the Shaanxi Tourism Administration as an "embed" as they move around the city. If you are curious about Shaanxi and its long and rich history, go to the flashmob events. The experience is sure to be a lasting memory that you will cherish. With a long history, Shaanxi is an important cradle of Chinese civilization. Shaanxi is home to an ancient watch tower and several palace ruins as well as temples, tombs and buildings, each with an important place in Chinese history: the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, the Qian, Mao, Yang and Huangdi mausoleums, the Famen Temple, the Xi'an City Wall, Xi'an Forest of Steles, Xi'an Bell and Drum Towers and the Big and Small Wild Goose Pagodas. With 72 imperial mausoleums, Shaanxi is also known as the "Oriental Pyramid". The province's many museums are also a treasure trove of historical artifacts: the Western Zhou Dynasty bronzes, the Qin Dynasty bronze chariots and horses, the Han Dynasty stone sculptures, Tang Dynasty gold and silver wares, Song Dynasty porcelain, ancient inscriptions and other rare treasures are displayed in museums throughout Shaanxi province, bringing to the fore the contributions that the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties have made to Chinese culture and history. Not to be missed are the natural landscapes that can be found throughout the province, among them, Mount Hua near the city of Huayin, Mount Taibai in the Mei County section of Baoji City, as well as several attractions in the proximity of Xi'an including the Huaqing Pool at the foot of Mount Li in Lintong District, the Zhongnan Mountains and Cuihua Mountain, as well as the Yellow River Hukou Waterfall on the Shaanxi-Shanxi provincial border. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/historical-figures-from-chinas-past-to-be-the-stars-at-flashmob-events-in-shaanxi-300413210.html


News Article | February 15, 2017
Site: www.prweb.com

Matt Clark Tile & Stone has just announced the completion of their renovation on the historical Figueroa Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Figueroa Hotel has been a staple of the heart of downtown Los Angeles since opening its doors in 1926. Recently, the hotel closed for an extensive renovation which included a Spanish Colonial re-design touted as providing guests with “an overwhelming sense of comfort and home.” Clark is proud to have had the opportunity to work on such an important and historical project. His company was chosen to participate in the renovation as they offer the highest quality Spanish Colonial Terracotta Tile in the area and have been expertly using this specialty tile for many years. Matthias Clark, owner of Matt Clark Tile & Stone, began working with tile in 1977 in Malibu, CA. In 2002, Clark opened his own tile showroom which has been a hub for builders and residents throughout California who are searching for the highest quality tile and stone products, including offering residents of Bakersfield Spanish Colonial Terracotta Tile. As a fifth generation tile worker he prides himself on providing durable tile and stone to his local community. Clark has worked side-by-side with the industry’s most respected tile and stone artisans over the past 30 years, including architects, artists, craftsmen and clients on both the Eastern and Western coasts of the US. His many years of working with the best tile and stone products have lead him to become a master in his art form. Matt Clark Tile & Stone has become the craftsman's source for tile, stone, quartz and related materials for use throughout the home or office. Spanish Colonial Terracotta Tile has been a favorite choice for Bakersfield contractors and homeowners for decades because of its immense durability, style and design. Unlike terra cotta tile from other areas of the world, tile that comes from Spain is the highest quality and has proven to stand the test of time. This type of terra cotta tile is produced by the best handmade tile factory in Spain and fired in tunnel kilns with centuries old traditional techniques. Their stunning selection of terra cotta products are pre-sealed and finished in hundreds of patterns, combinations, shapes and colors provides outstanding durability and the lowest absorbency of any other terra cotta floor tile. Spanish Colonial Terracotta Tile is scratch and water resistant making it ideal for all areas of the home, including bathroom, kitchen, patio, swimming pool area, countertops, backsplashes and fireplaces. The timeless beauty and style are unmatched by any other variety of tile available. Matt Clark Tile and Stone is the exclusive dealer of Bakersfield Spanish Colonial Terracotta Tile in the area.


Archaeologists have reported the discovery of an ancient tomb of a general and his princess wife in China. The cemetery was excavated between August 2012 and June 2013 and the discovery was reported in the journal Wenwu in 2015. The article was published in the Chinese Cultural Relic after it was translated into the English language from Chinese. The ancient tomb, where the couple's remains were buried in the year 564 AD, was also found filled with figurines. Of the 105 grave goods archaeologists found in the tomb, most are pottery figurines. The colors of the figures were preserved and represent warriors, oxcarts, drummers, and camels. The tallest of these figurines stand at about 22 inches. It was believed that the figures placed in ancient Chinese tombs as grave goods represent what would become the available service of the dead in the afterlife. The famous Terracotta Army sculptures that depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, were supposed to protect the emperor in the afterlife. A sandstone inscription left in the tomb offered hints on Zhao Xin and his wife Princess Neé Liu. The inscription said that Zhao Xin served the Northern Qi dynasty rulers who controlled parts of northern China between 550 and 577. He was a general and at times served as governor in different areas of the country. Zhao Xin's final post was serving as general of a garrison of soldiers at Huangniu Town, where he spearheaded the garrison in a battle that led to victory. Zhao Xin passed away at the age of 67 while still serving as general of the garrison. Princess Neé Liu was described as modest and humble by nature marked by filial piety and sincerity. She is also said to exhibit respectful and chaste behavior, according to the writings in the inscription found in the tomb. While it is common for couples and family members to be buried together, the burial of the ancient Chinese couple raises some questions since the inscription in the tomb indicated that the two were buried together "on the 20th day of the second moon of the third year of the Heqing period." Researchers said that this date corresponds to March 18, 564. The general and his wife were buried on the same date. It is not yet clear though why the couple was buried on the same day because the inscription did not indicate why. A detailed analysis of the couples' bones has not been published yet. The tomb lies near modern-day Taiyuan, the capital and largest city of Shanxi province, North China, on the foothills of mountains. Experts think the mountain location may have symbolic value as hinted by the words in the inscription. Besides the tomb of the general and his princess wife, archaeologists also discussed in the Chinese Cultural Relic the other tombs they discovered in the cemetery where they excavated a total of 69 tombs. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Certain example embodiments relate to a highly-concurrent, predictable, fast, self-managed, in-process space for storing data that is hidden away from the garbage collector and its related pauses. More particularly, certain example embodiments relate to improved memory management techniques for computer systems that leverage an off-heap direct-memory data store that is massively scalable and highly efficient. The off-heap store may be provided in connection with a Java-based environment, and garbage collection may be completely or nearly completely avoided for the off-heap store. The off-heap store may be integrated into a tiered storage solution in certain example embodiments.


Various embodiments may relate to a recycling constant-temperature ceramic floor integrated system, including a floor tile. A plurality of grooves is formed in a bottom surface of the floor tile. The bottom surface of the floor tile is connected to a base plate. A support assembly is laid between each groove and the base plate. The support assembly includes a heat conducting piece and a locating support mounted in up-and-down lapping mode. A reflecting film is disposed between the heat conducting piece and the locating support. The base plate uses a net-structure plate piece, and buckle grooves and buckle blocks are disposed at the periphery of the base plate.


A recycling constant-temperature ceramic floor integrated system includes a floor tile (1). A plurality of grooves (11) is formed in a bottom surface of the floor tile (1). The bottom surface of the floor tile (1) is connected to a base plate (3). A support assembly (2) is laid between each groove (11) and the base plate (3). The support assembly (2) includes a heat conducting piece (21) and a positioning support (23) mounted in an up-and-down lapping mode. A reflecting film (22) is disposed between the heat conducting piece (21) and the positioning support (23). The base plate (3) uses a net-structure plate piece, and buckle sockets (32) and buckle blocks (31) are disposed at the periphery of the base plate (3).


Architectural ceramics specialists Darwen Terracotta and Faience work with leading architects throughout the world in restoring elegant sculpted and glazed facades to historic and modern buildings.

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