This is coolbert:
Visiting China either for business or pleasure? If you are in the vicinity of Xian, or just have the curiosity to do so, here is a MUST SEE!!
The terra cotta army protecting the burial mound of the Qin Emperor. The first Chinese Emperor to UNITE all of China under one rule!
"Terracotta Warriors and Horses is a collection of 8,099 larger than life Chinese terra cotta figures of warriors and horses located near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Chinese: 秦始皇陵; pinyin: Qín Shǐhuáng líng)."
To put things in perspective, the Qin Emperor ruled about the same time the Romans were fighting the 2nd Punic War!
"The Terracotta Army was buried with the Emperor of Qin (Qin Shi Huangdi) in 210-209 BC"
The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are one of the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century.
An entire combined-arms force, almost a division strong in size [over 8,000 figures]. Infantry, cavalry, chariots [tanks of the time], archers and crossbow men. All at readiness, terribly arrayed, as they say, in ranks, preparing for deployment into battle!
I recall very well the stir that was made when this archaeological find was first uncovered. A momentous discovery, made by accident. And was found more or less INTACT!! For a science [archeology], discoveries of this magnitude are few and far in between. AND INTACT MAKES IT EVEN THAT MUCH MORE SIGNIFICANT. Normally, archaeologists have to work with fragments, and then INFER a lot of what they conclude. NOT SO with this discovery.
"the terracotta figures were placed in the pits outlined above in precise military formation according to rank and duty."
And look at the immensity of the building that the terra cotta army is contained in. Left in situ, but covered to protect from the elements.
[deterioration is still occurring!]
The terra cotta soldiers are said to be larger-than-life! Six foot to six and one half feet tall. A foot taller than the average soldier of the time. BUT, PERHAPS, NOT LARGER THAN LIFE! The horses, for instance, seem to be real-life, true to size representations. I can surmise the soldiers are too? THIS MAY VERY WELL BE THE IMPERIAL BODYGUARD OF THE QIN EMPEROR!! NOT the average soldier. A personal bodyguard and “shock” force chosen for their stature. NOT your average-everyday military unit. Specially chosen soldiers forming a special unit, devoted entirely to the protection of the Emperor. Intimidating for no other reason than for their size.
"The figures vary in height according to their rank; the tallest being the Generals. The heights range is 184-197cm (6ft - 6ft 5in), or more than a full foot taller than the average soldier of the period."
And appear to be, NOT stylized representations of the soldiers. THESE ARE NOT GENERIC FIGURES OF SOLDIERS BUT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN CUSTOMIZED AFTER A REAL LIVE PERSON, EACH TERRA COTTA FIGURE UNIQUE UNTO ITSELF!
"It is believed that the terracotta warriors were based on true people as every face has different facial features and expressions."
This exhibit is one of the wonders of the world? Worth seeing? YES!!
This is very cool too! You can buy replicas of the terra cotta soldiers! Life size if you desire and the price is right also!! The Chinese are masters of this stuff?