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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Terracota Warriors Exhibit in San Francisco

The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco has a special exhibit from China, the Terracotta Warriors.  
The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.

The terracotta figures are life-sized. They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Some held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. 

Studies show that eight face molds were most likely used, and then clay was added to provide individual facial features.

The head, arms, legs and torsos were created separately and then assembled.  After that, the intricate features such as facial expressions were then added.

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.

The exhibit in San Francisco allows you to get up and personal with several of the different life-size figures.  It is a pretty cool exhibit and something you don't want to miss.

See Wikipedia for more information.