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A display of massed infantry on horseback done in painted terracotta, in "Terracotta Warriors" at Discovery Times Square
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Terracotta Warriors

DEFENDERS OF CHINA’S FIRST EMPEROR
by N.F. Karlins

The life-sized terracotta soldiers protecting the tomb of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huangdi (259 BC-210 BC), were accidentally found by well-diggers in 1974. Since the discovery of the First Emperor’s tomb complex, about 2,000 of an estimated 8,000 six-foot-tall clay figures have been uncovered. While a person could travel to Xi’an, China, to visit this vast ongoing archeological project, closer to home Discovery Times Square is showing ten of these warriors in an exhibition with works dating before and after their creation.

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