7 Things you might not know about the Terracotta Warriors
Having made the 5,000 mile journey to Liverpool, the Terracotta Warriors are almost ready to be unveiled and we’ve got all the info you need on this blockbuster exhibition.
China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors opens at the World Museum, William Brown Street on Friday 9th February 2018 and we can’t wait to get inside to explore this once in a lifetime exhibition. Telling the story of the early Chinese nation, the exhibition brings a number of stunning, objects and artefacts which have never been seen in the UK before, as well as the life-sized Terracotta Warriors and horse, which secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Open until 28th October 2018, the exhibition allows visitors to travel back almost 1000 years in time to learn about the ancient Chinese lifestyle and the economic prosperity of the empire, as well as the chance to come face to face with the warriors themselves. We’re chomping at the bit to get a first glimpse at this incredible showcase, which is part of the wider 10th Anniversary Capital of Culture celebrations, which tie in with the start of Chinese New Year.
With so much to see and learn, we’ve taken a closer look at the story of the Terracotta Warriors to get you ready for your visit to the World Museum.
Here’s 7 things you need to know about China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Army…..
1 – A Whole Lot of History
The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to travel back in time more than 1,000 years with artefacts and objects spanning from the 8th century BC to the rise of the Qin State to peace and prosperity in the Han Dynasty 220 AD. We’re going to need more fingers and toes to count that one.
2 – 1974
The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974, by chance by local farmers attempting to dig a well in Xi’an, China. More than 8,000 figures were unearthed including figures, horses and chariots and the site is regarded as the most significant excavations of the 20th century. Former French President, Jacques Chirac declared the site as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
3 – A Child Emperor
The Terracotta Warriors were created by China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang as he rose to the throne……at the age of 13! The figures were built as an afterlife army for the Emperor as it was believed that objects such as statues could be animated in the afterlife.
4 – One of a Kind
Another incredible fact about the Terracotta Army is that no two figures are alike. It took 700,000 labourers more than 40 years to complete the army construction and each of the warriors has a unique facial expression, clothing and hairstyles.
5 – That’s Entertainment
The Emperors burial site or Imperial Mausoleum as it’s known covers more than 56 square kilometres and new statues are still being discovered. Warriors, horses and chariots are not the only figures to have been found either. Terracotta musicians, acrobats and concubines have been found in recent excavations along with birds and ducks.
6 – From Xi’an to Liverpool
The exhibition, which has travelled 5,000 to our World Museum is bursting with information and artefacts for you to see close up. Highlights include a terracotta General, Charioteer, Archer, Armoured infantryman, a kneeling attendant and a breath-taking calaryman and horse, plus a multitude of gold, bronze and precious metal objects and accessories.
7 – Something for Everyone
The exhibition will be accompanied by an exciting programme of activities for schools and a public events programme throughout it’s 8 month stay in the city, meaning history fans and young people alike can get a taste of what ancient China looked like.
Have we whet your appetite to find out more about China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Army?