Based on a terracotta relief from Sumer, circa 1950 B.C. Continue reading Ancient Sumer Woman
The Terracotta Army Museum lie 1.5 km east to the Tomb of Qin First Emperor.
The Terracotta Army figures lie underground for more than 2000 years. In 1974, farmers digging a well about 1500 meters east of the tomb uncovered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. The firstly discovered site of Terracotta Army was named Vault One. In 1976, the other two vaults were uncovered 20-25 meter close to the Vault One, and were named Vault Two and Vault Three respectively. Excavation of the underground vaults of earth and timber revealed thousands of life – sized Terracotta Army in battle formation – a whole army which would accompany its emperor into immortality. The excavation was a real big shock to the whole world – the vaults are so big, the figures are so vivid and the number of the figure is so incredible! Continue reading Terracotta Army
Color painted kneeling archer
Color-painted archers excavated from Pit Two, kneel on their right knees and would have held a crossbow against the right hip to keep it steady prior to firing.
April 23rd (Wed) Xi’an (Breakfast/Luch/Dinner)
This morning visit the burial site of an incredible army of 8000 lifelike Terra-cotta Warriors, horses, and chariots. Thereafter visit the History Museum.
Terra Cotta Warriors – In 1974 a group of peasants digging a well, made what was to become the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century when they unearthed fragments of a life sized Terra Cotta Warrior. Excavation of the vault revealed thousands of warriors and their horses, an entire army designed follows its emperor into eternit
Archaeological research shows that all the terracotta warriors were originally painted in brilliant and rich tones of red, green, lavender and sky blue.
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Terra Cotta Army archeological dig museum at Xi’an photo taken by Richard Chambers on AAA Yantze Sampler tour May 2004 with Olympus C-740 digital camera.
This photograph shows part of the Terra Cotta army dig near Xi’an in China. The photograph gives an idea of the number of figures, some 8,000 total, as well as the various stages of restoration. In the foreground are completely re-assembled figures and in the back ground you can see the broken fragements embedded in the earth.
There are several styles of figures in the army but each has a unique face and head. As you look at the figures you can see the facial differences between old and young and also the different hairstyles and hats.
In addition to this building, there are other buildings in the museum which contain other figures including what appears to be a headquarters or command group of figures, some of which were not completed. There is also a display of the two bronze chariots that were unearthed at a different part of the archeological site.
The figures of the Terra Cotta Army were originally painted but the paint flaked off once the pieces of terra cotta were unearthed and exposed to the air.