Art Gallery of New South Wales Presents The first emperor : China’s entombed warriors

The Art Gallery of New South Wales presents The first emperor : China’s entombed warriors, open 2 Dec – 13 Mar 2011.

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century, the incredible life-size terracotta warriors have captivated audiences around the world. This amazing discovery stunned the world and exploration continues to this day.

Discovered by villagers in 1974, this vast underground army was created to protect the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang (221–220 BCE) in readiness for the afterlife.

The first emperor: China’s entombed warriors brings to Australia over 120 rare objects, featuring ten complete terracotta warrior figures including foot soldiers, generals, kneeling bowmen and horses.

Displayed alongside these iconic figures will be ceremonial vessels and bells, ornamental gold and jade, weapons and armour, palatial architectural remains, pottery and ceramics. Significant recent finds which have rarely been seen outside of China include an exceptional life-size bronze crane and swan, only discovered in the last decade.

The first emperor: China’s entombed warriors reveals the fascinating story of a key figure in world history, who unified China, leaving a legacy that has lasted over 2000 years.

These Chinese national treasures can normally only be viewed at a distance, in the vast earthen pits where they were first discovered. This is a rare opportunity to see the legendary warriors up close, examine the details and intricacies of individual pieces, and glimpse into the world of Qin Shihuang.

Drawn from thirteen institutions in Shaanxi province, including the Qin Shihuang Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses.

Image:: Photo Richard Johnson. Group of soldiers.

About the Art Gallery of NSW
Established in 1874, the Art Gallery of NSW is proud to present fine international and Australian art in one of the most beautiful art museums in the world.

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Sydney, Australia
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