Saturday, May 22, 2010

Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an

Today we visited the famous Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an.  These figures were buried to serve the first emperor of China in the afterlife.   To assure that he had an army in the afterlife, he had lifesize clay figures of his army created and buried.  Unfortunately, they were discovered and partially destroyed before being found again by a farmer digging a well.  The farmer that found them was also there.

The location is still under excavation with the archeological work being done at night while the museum and the pits are open to the public during the day.  So in China, archeology is a night job. 

clip_image001Farmer (sitting at the table) who discovered the Terra Cotta Warriors.

clip_image002Terra Cotta Warrior Puppet from the Olympics.

clip_image003Four horses in the pit.

clip_image004Original State before restoration.

clip_image005 Restored Terra Cotta Warriors.

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