Adults, All Ages
Rally the troops to see these one-third-scale reproductions of the famed Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang.
“Tomb Warriors: Guardian Spirits of Ancient China” lines up row after row of stalwart soldiers, replicas of those buried with the Qin Dynasty emperor in 209–210 BC to protect him from the evil spirits of the underworld. Marvel at the astounding detail and realism of these 197 men—almost every face has unique features and its own distinct expression.
As you wander the exhibit, study genuine historical artifacts, including 2,000-year-old tomb sculptures from the Han Dynasty period, plus replicas of the emperor’s horses and chariots.
The real Terracotta Army warriors are life-sized, averaging about 6 feet tall, and date back to the 3rd century BC. Discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well, most of them are still buried. Archeologist have been painstakingly excavating the site ever since.
Did You Know?
While the soldiers you see are a weathered but natural clay hue, they were once painted in bright colors: pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white, and lilac. Figures recovered during the first dig in 1978, however, lost their paint with exposure to the air. Freshly dug-up relics are now immediately treated with chemicals before being wrapped in plastic film to preserve their color. Look for the "painted soldier" in the exhibit!