Sunday, August 22, 2010

Terracotta army in Stockholm

From 28 August to 16 January the famous Chinese Terracotta warriors is visiting Stockholm, in the caverns beneath the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities. This is actually the first time that the ”secret” caverns will be made accessible to the general public. Up until the 1960s, they formed part of the Swedish Navy’s headquarters.

The Terracotta Army (兵马俑 literally "soldier and horse funerary statues") or Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of 8,099 life-size Chineseterra cotta figures of warriors and horses located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Chinese: 秦始皇陵). The figures were discovered in 1974 near Xi'an, Shanxi province,China.

The Terracotta Army was buried with the Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huangdi) in 210-209 BC (his reign over Qin was from247 BC to 221 BC and over unified China from 221 BC to his death in 210 BC). Their purpose was to help rule another empire with Shi Huangdi in the afterlife. Consequently, they are also sometimes referred to as "Qin's Armies".

The Terracotta Army was discovered in March 1974 by local farmers drilling a water well to the east of Mount Lishan. Mount Lishan is also where the material to make the terracotta warriors originated. In addition to the warriors, an entire man madenecropolis for the emperor has been excavated.

The exhibition will consist of several hundred artefacts from six different museums and more than ten different burial sites in Xi’an and its surroundings, including the grave of the first emperor.

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Source: flickr

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