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Museum Centre Vapriikki announce Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperors of China

Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere present Terracotta Army and Treasures of the First Emperors of China an exhibition on view from 14 June to 1 December 2013.

Sometimes termed the eighth wonder of the world, the terracotta army of the first emperor of China will march to Vapriikki this year. The tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, from more than 2,000 years ago, was accidentally discovered in 1974. Subsequent archaeological digs have revealed almost 8,000 warriors arranged in battle formations based on the military strategies of the day.

The exhibition presents not only the bronze chariot of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty and the magical soldiers guarding his tomb but also many other discoveries made in the tomb, alongside imperial treasures from both the Qin and Han dynasties. Included are precious items of jade, gold, and bronze. The ancient Chinese believed that life continues in much the same way after death. This is why the deceased were buried with the things they needed in life – that is, food, drink, entertainment items, and utility articles.

The Chinese partners in the creation of this exhibition are the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre.