Istanbul to host China's 'Terra Cotta Army'

More than 100 pieces and five Terra Cotta warriors will be presented as of November 20 at the Topkapi Palace Museum.

Istanbul to host China's 'Terra Cotta Army'

World Bulletin / News Desk 

China's "The Terra Cotta Army" and "The Treasures of China" will be exhibited in Topkapi Palace in Istanbul.

More than 100 pieces and five Terra Cotta warriors will be presented as of November 20 at the Topkapi Palace Museum.

Usually, China does not send more than one Terra Cotta warrior to a combined exhibition, however China made a special arrangement for Turkey.

The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", 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 figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. 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 by Qin Shi Huang's mausoleum. Other terracotta non-military figures were also found in other pits and they include officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.

 

 

Last Mod: 16 Kasım 2012, 11:28
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