Discovered by a group of local farmers who were in the midst of digging a water well in the Xi’an area, the Terracotta Warriors symbolise a fine collection of funerary art that was constructed and thereafter buried along with the remains of China’s 1st emperor, Qin Shi Huang. Now a cultural landmark, the excavated infantry is often spoken of as being the protectors to the great emperor in the afterlife.
The figures which are found in deep trenches or pits house a collection of the emperor’s generals, warriors, horses, chariots and ancient weaponry once used to ward off the threat of invasion from all of conquered states of the Qin emperor. Placed with a view of protecting the tomb of their beloved leader, the armies which are located in 4 pits out of which the first one possesses in excess of 6,000 soldiers. Historians and archaeologists have revealed that a majority of the Terracotta Army still remain buried, deep within the earth walls which complement the imposing figures.
With a total of 8,000 soldiers, 520 horses, 130 chariots and a further 150 cavalry horses, one would be awed by the sight that would greet you. Even though visitors are not permitted to walk in the pits which would offer them a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspect these figures, a considerable proportion of the collection has been exhibited at various museums around the world. In addition, excavation of the nearby pits further brought to light a number of officials, strongmen, musicians and acrobats who were part of the emperor’s court.
The weaponry found here has truly stood the test of time and have no traces of decay whatsoever. The swords once employed to vanquish the armies of old still retain coatings of chromium oxide which were applied for the purpose of preservation. A series of shields, spears, crossbows and chariots are also on show and some of them have been found with exemplary mechanisms that would challenge the skill level of the modern day weapon expert.
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Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Free Spirit. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.