Terracotta Warriors

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Last week, I went with a friend to see the Terra Cotta Warriors at the Minneapolis Museum of Arts.

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This terra-cotta army of the First Emperor of China (c. 220 BC) is considered one of the most spectacular finds in archaeology.  In 1974, a farmer -seeking to build a new well- discovered a pit filled with  a garrison of buried warriors over 2000 years old!

More than 6000 sculptures were buried near the emperor in order to protect him in the afterlife…

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Horses, archers, cavalry, infantry…

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Truly amazing!  Unfortunately, photography of the warriors is not allowed–the above photos are of replicas…

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So I have included a few photos from the little book I purchased.

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The detailed faces are fascinating-each sculpture is very unique-with detailed expressions, hairstyles, hands…

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Photos just don’t do the exhibit justice…If you get a chance to see this exhibit as it goes on tour, jump at the chance–it is amazing!

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I think I will add seeing the real excavation to my Bucket List…

Oh, and if you do go…watch the movie-(it is free), but unless you are super hard-core – skip the headphone tour–

You might also like:  Franconia Sculpture Park   and  The Witch of Fox Point

6 thoughts on “Terracotta Warriors

  1. We covered this with my son in history last year. Just reading about it and looking t pictures online, you could tell they were stunning. What an amazing opportunity to see them without having to travel so far!

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