|Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China's First Emperor is one two|
current exhibitions at the Discovery Times Square.
|Discovery Times Square entrance along 44th Street.|
I've seen pictures of these artifacts so ultimately it was interesting to learn about them and see them in person. Advertised as "direct from China" visitors take a look back to the days of China's first emperor, before and after his epic rule. These life-size soldiers are displayed alongside a collection of over 200 treasures and artifacts from ancient China.
Over 2,000 years ago, these soldiers were buried in the emperor's tomb to serve him in the afterlife. But after being exhumed in the late 20th century they are now making a march across the globe in one exhibitions after another. Only nine of the estimated 8,000 figures found in Xian in central China are on display. They are fine examples fitted out with weapons, armor, livestock and more.
|Above and below: Emperor Gaozu's Cavalry.|
What makes each warrior unusual is that each is not only dressed by rank, the uniforms are individually customized and each of their faces different so no two look alike. The army was discovered in 1974 in Xian when farmers were sinking a well and hit pottery fragments. The digging continues today around the Terra-Cotta Museum which now stands on the site.
Interesting notes from the exhibit: "The alluring qualities of mercury made it a popular element for art and medicine in ancient China. Mercury occurs naturally in cinnabar, a red mineral ore, which was used not only as a brilliant pigment, but also as an ingredient in "longevity" medicines taken by the First Emperor. Ironically, it is believed by some that Qin Shihuangdi died from mercury poison as a result of taking these 'Elixirs of Life'." More text from the exhibition accompanies the photos in this post.
Visit discoverytsx.com for more information. Discovery Times Square is located at 226 West 44th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenues in Manhattan, New York City. Tickets priced at $19.50-$27. Hours: Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri and Sat 10am-9pm.
|Life-sized water birds were found in what appears to be the tomb's garden.|