Saturday, 25 June 2022

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality was an exhibition in 2018. For more than 2,000 years, the warriors guarded the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor. Discovered by chance in 1974, the underground army is one of the greatest archaeological finds known. Centerpiece is a phalanx of the funerary army, including soldiers, horses and chariots.
Works of ancient Chinese art crafted from gold, jade and bronze were found.
As many as 700,000 people toiled to create the army, mainly day labour, and probably conscripted. Each soldier was made from the feet up, with successive body parts shaped from coils of clay. Each face is unique.