JUNE 14, 2012
The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. They were buried with the emperor in 210-209 BC with the purpose of protecting him in the afterlife. The figures were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging a well. There are three pits containing the Terracotta army, and currently it is estimated that there are over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 calvary horses.
The Terracotta Warriors are considered one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. The figures are life size, and the warriors and horses are arranged in battle formation. Work on the site is ongoing. It is really AMAZING to see!
The warrior hospital where they work to piece the figures back together.
Each warrior is unique, no two are the same. The detail is incredible, down to the sole of the shoes.
This bronze chariot was also discovered. Note the small size, just right to carry the emperor’s soul in the afterlife.
The first Terracotta Warrior iPad.
SMARTE tour made it to the Terracotta Warriors!
This is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen! I can only imagine what it must have been like seeing it up close. Not only do I love seeing your beautiful pictures, but I am learning so much with each post!