SSUE – Terracotta Warriors

23 May

By Glenn Sim

兵馬俑, the Terracotta Warriors is a form of funerary art buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. The army consists of warriors, chariots and horses and its purpose is to protect the emperor in his afterlife. Local farmers in Xi’an, Shaanxi province discovered the figurines in 1974. 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 near the emperor.

兵馬俑, the Terracotta Army

兵馬俑, the Terracotta Warriors

While the latest technology are used to keep the colours of the Terracotta army intact, there is still some intensive research ongoing. However, all excavation works on the 3 pits have ceased to protect the current state of the Terracotta Warriors.

We were extremely fortunate to be able to see one of the wonders of the world. To be precise, this is the 8th Wonder of the World. If not for this visit to the Terracotta Warriors, I would not have learnt about the Qin Dynasty and how afterlife is extremely important to Emperor Qin.  This visit to 兵馬俑 has enriched me and deepened my knowledge of the Chinese history. It would be unfair for me to summarise the whole experience into this short post as the knowledge gained from this visit is invaluable. If given another chance, I would want to return to 兵馬俑 to soak myself in the atmosphere of the warriors.

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