Sunday, July 26, 2009

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, China

China-50, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

China-51, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

The Terracotta Army are the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. The terracotta figures, dating from 210 BCE, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausouleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height (183–195 cm - 6ft–6ft 5in), according to their role, the tallest being the generals. The figures include strong 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.


Ricky Peterson August 12, 2009 at 12:46 PM  

Very informative post. In China one must visit eighth wonder of the world, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses. Xianyang village is digging well and suddenly came across wrecked ceramic figures. After detailed excavation was initially uncovered an oblong shaped pit area full with buried terra cotta warriors and horses that belonged to the Qin Dynasty. A row of outside facing warriors carrying crossbows, arrows and several far-distance firing weaponry located in the south, north and west of the passage. The third pit located north to the first pit and west of the second pit has a concave plane with pottery models. Tourists are banned from isiting the pits or touching the clay warriors. For more details refer Terracotta Warriors

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