Its fascinating to learn that the ancient Greeks may have reached China long before Marco Polo did.
One of the things on my bucket list is going to see the Terracotta Army, 8,000 extraordinarily life-like terracotta figures found buried close to the massive tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who unified the country in 221BC. I’ve always loved Chinese art, especially the scrolls, ink landscapes and clay sculptures of people, horses and other animals.
But an army of life sized soldiers, all buried upright, must be a fascinating sight indeed.
The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor, whose purpose was to protect him in his afterlife. An extraordinary feat of mass-production, each figure was given an individual personality although they were not intended to be portraits.
The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals.
Current estimates are that there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and…
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