29 Mar 2009

WEEKLY WINNERS - Chinese Terra Cotta Army


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Last sunday I went to Masseik, a little town in Belgium where the exposition of the chinese Terra Cotta army took place. 10 of the about 3000 soldiers were exposed. They date from 210 BCE. They all were in human size (1.80 m, 5.9ft) and really very impressive !

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There were also animals

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and smaller statues of about 50 cm (20 inch). The arms had been in wood and they wore fabric uniforms which of course disappeared after such a long time. I only hope that prude Photobucket will publish this picture because it could "violate their terms of use" (it had happened with another historical statue a few weeks ago). So please only look at their heads !

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The whole army once looked like these two soldiers. They had been restored in their original colors.

You can read more about this army here in Wikipedia.

11 comments:

Puss-in-Boots said...

I remember the excitement when the terra cotta statues were first discovered years ago. They're just amazing, aren't they?

Jeanette said...

Gday Gattina,
Amazing Terra cotta Army, I only look at their faces

Jientje said...

That must have been stunning!

EastCoastLife said...

You should go to China and see the site! They will take your breathe away, so stunning! Makes your skin goes goose-pimply. :D

I try to look at their faces. :P

Secret Agent Mama said...

So awesome!

PJ said...

They are bringing a display of these to Houston in May. Thankyou for the information, I think I will enjoy the exhibit.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Cool terra cotta army.

Smoochiefrog said...

Cool!

Tara R. said...

Very cool. I got to see these soldiers when I was in college.

diane said...

Wow a great display. The history and unearthing is fascinating.

claudie said...

Voilà l'article que je voulais voir sut ton blog! ça doit être très impressionant! Dis donc ils t'ont fait des histoires pour une statue nue!!!!!!! Impressionant aussi!