TERRACOTTA WARRIORS: History, Mystery


TERRACOTTA WARRIORS: History, Mystery

EDWARD BURMAN    Book Number: 85640    Product format: Paperback

The astonishing 8,000 terracotta warriors unearthed in 1974 is one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time. The tomb of Qin Shihuang, the First Emperor, who died 200 years BCE, was carefully hidden by its craftsmen, a gang of up to 700,000 workers who worked on the Mausoleum, some of them convicts with hair and beards shaved. Eight face shapes were used which could be adapted and elaborated with cosmetics to form the illusion of individual faces. Analysis has shown that the firing kilns were probably located near the Mausoleum and run on a modular system with teams working in parallel, though there is also the intriguing possibility that the imperial armouries were raided to provide the terracotta army's weapons. The author asks what the "warriors" were for, with an alternative theory suggesting they were servants rather than defenders. The question of what was in the Mausoleum is key, related to the question of what kind of immortality Qin Shuahang expected. Finally the author considers what else may be still to discover, with a section on recent excavations and current studies, for instance the new warriors which emerged in 2010 and which throw light on the flesh tones achieved by different layers of lacquer. 273pp, paperback, colour photos.
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