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Get up-close to some of China’s ancient imperial icons this summer.
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Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality offers you a rare opportunity to have an intimate and immersive encounter with some of the remarkable ancient terracotta warriors. For more than 2,000 years, they secretly guarded the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor.
Discovered by chance in 1974, the underground army is one of the greatest ever archaeological finds – and regarded by some as an eighth wonder of the world.
This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.
Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.
Experience the wonder of these ancient artefacts and gain a deep understanding of the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China, which shaped the nation we know today.
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