China's unification – strategy through innovation
Fri 28 March,
Throne of Emperors, Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4
Exhibition admission charges apply
Qin Shihuang (259–210 BCE) was the first emperor to rule a unified China. He was an ambitious and ruthless leader of the state of Qin, who defeated six rival states to create a country of considerable military power. He controlled an army equipped with weapons that included long-range, deadly accurate crossbows, and swords that demonstrated an advanced knowledge of the properties of metals. Military historian and Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Chris Pugsley talks about these and other weapons from the Qin dynasty and beyond with Te Papa’s CEO, Michael Houlihan.