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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The First Emperor: China's Entombed Warriors - Preview By Festival Girl

I am a big fan of anything with a story. In this case, its a very old story. Here is the story of China's first Emperor and the entombed warriors:

"In 1974, on a communal farm in Yang village in Lintong county, China, a small team of farmers went about the mundane task of drilling a well in a vast but unremarkable mound of red earth. About 15 metres down, one of the farmers uncovered what turned out to be the incredibly detailed sculpted figure of a head.

The farmers had, in fact, inadvertently stumbled upon one of the great archaeological discoveries of the modern age: the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China. The head belonged to a life-size figure of a solider, itself just one of thousands of terracotta figures that have been guarding the tomb of the Emperor, defending him in the next life, for over 2,000 years."

The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors brings to Australia ten of those figures, along with 140 other objects, complete terracotta warrior figures including foot soldiers, generals, kneeling bowmen and horses. Normally viewed at a distance, this is a rare opportunity to examine the details and intricacies of these iconic figures.

Being dubbed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, The First Emperor: China's Entombed Warriors are now on display at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

The First Emperor: China’s Entombed Warriors display

2 December - 13 March
Between Thursday 02 December and Sunday 13 March from 10.00AM to17.00PM
Open daily 10am – 5pm,
Wednesdays from 5 January until 9pm
Saturdays from 8 January until 8pm
Chinese New Year late opening
Saturday 5 February until midnight

Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road The Domain Sydney 2000

$20.00 adults
$15.00 members/concession
$55.00 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$5.00 student in booked school group
$15.00 children 5-15 and full-time students. Under 5 free
Buy tickets here

Images courtesy of Art Gallery of NSW, SMHSwissotel Sydney


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