Xi’an Warrior(s)

China

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Terracotta

These two pieces are replicas of the ancient Terracotta Army. The uniqueness in the carvings is that no two pieces are alike, and they each had weapons, ranks, and formations. Each one of the 8,000 plus soldiers stands from “”meters to “”meters in height. Some of the figures are carrying weapons, kneeling, or riding chariots, and all dutifully guard the necropolis of their emperor Qin Shi Huang. The army was created in workshops and manned by government labourers and craftsmen, all utilising the materials provided locally in the Xi’an province. The clay-based ceramic has a porous body and would be placed in the fire after the body parts were luted together, after which they would be set in the pits in precise military rank and file.

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