Friday, June 20, 2008

The Clay Warriors

We went to the Bowers Museum of Cultural Arts in Santa Ana this evening to check out their exhibit of clay figures that were uncovered in China in the 1970s.

From Wiki:

The Terracotta WARRIORS are the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Shi Huang Di the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by several local farmers near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height, according to their role, the tallest being the Generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.
Read the entire wiki article here.

Pictures from Bowers Museum and Wikipedia.