Monday, 21 December 2009

Discofinger, circa 210 BC, China

One of the earliest examples of the discofinger has been spotted in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China, at the home of the Terracotta Army. It is believed that the Terracotta Army, which contains more than 8,000 statues, was a form of funerary art, the purpose of which was to be able to rule another empire in the afterlife. The figures were buried with the First Emperor of Qin in 210-209 BC.

The significance of the discovery of a discofinger from this time cannot be understated. Its existence strongly suggests that the Qin Dynasty was no stranger to the discofinger, and indeed, it may have been a part of traditional Chinese dance of the time.