7.08.2009

TERRA COTTA WARRIORS - GUARDIANS OF CHINA'S FIRST EMPEROR

I've been waiting for this exhibit to come to Houston for months! I was finally was able to go last week and loved it. This tour is the first time that the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit, which includes one hundred artifacts and fourteen life-size figures, has been exhibited in the United States...........................Houston is the third stop on the tour...........................................
These figures and artifacts are so beautiful and have been painstakingly pieced back together.
The patina of a clay object dating back to the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.) is just incredible.


Limestone tile armor - too heavy to wear - used only to ward off evil spirits in the underground world................................
There have been about a thousand warriors excavated to date. It is estimated that another six thousand are still buried...............................
Quite a few bronze pieces are included in the collection.......................................
The exhibit has been at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California and The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. It is currently at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from May 18, 2009 until October 16, 2009. The last stop will be the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
November 19, 2009 - March 31, 2010

Photo Credit: O. Louis Mazzetenta and Wang Da-Gang

13 comments:

  1. Hi there - thank you for your enthusiasm! The warriors are breathtaking - I hope you'll have a chance to visit while the exhibit is touring.

    Just one thing, in case anyone is planning to travel to see the show - the last stop on the tour is currently scheduled for the National Geographic Museum - the exhibit has already been to Atlanta.

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  2. Thanks Erin - I didn't catch that and have made the correction. I wrote this too early in the morning, before I had my caffine!
    Cheers!
    Ry

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  3. It really is an amazing display. We saw them a few years ago when they were on display in Nanaimo here on Vancouver Island.

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  4. Wow, so cool! I want to come and visit.

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  5. I cannot even fathom underground warriors..I did see subterranean ancients tons in ruins in Europe..but I never saw anything like this..
    Imagine.. Incredible.

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  6. OooOOOoOOOoo I want to see this so badly! I've seen it on the History channel (LOL) but ... not the same! Lucky girl.
    Gorgeous photos!
    xo Isa

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  7. Just fantastic they are touring this exhibition Ry! The limestone tile armour is extraordinary - great image (worth enlarging & framing). Thanks for your well wishes, I'm certainly feeling a lot better thanks.
    Millie ^_^

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  8. Thank you for sharing! Breathtaking....amazing...

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  9. You are so lucky! I imagine this would be amazing to see. I had no idea that there were still about 6000 buried - incredible!

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  10. Those are just amazing. Soo full of history.
    Stunning!

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  11. Beautiful images Ry...thank you!

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  12. What an incredible exhibit! The age and history are truly jaw dropping, and they have such strength and grace.

    Thanks for sharing....Diane

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