China’s Terracotta Warriors—Stateside
In 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well stumbled upon one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century: the Terracotta Army, now known to comprise some 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors along with hundreds of sculpted horses and 150 chariots, all of which were created to guard the burial complex of China’s first emperor in 210–209 B.C.E. Now, a rare collection of 10 of those clay warriors, as well as more than 170 significant artifacts from the China’s pre-Qin, Qin and Han dynasties, have made their way to Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute for the immersive exhibition Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, which can be seen through March 4, 2018, in a special ticketed event. Augmented reality enhances the exhibition, allowing visitors to learn about the archaeology, history and science behind the discovery and preservation of the warriors and artifacts. fi.edu
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of AAA World.