Terracotta Warriors

We found this (quite old) set of replicas at a local market in 2011.

The Terracotta Army is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. The collection is estimated to be made up of over 8,000 sculptures, including 130 chariots with 520 hourses and 150 cavalry horses, as well as acrobats, museums, and entertainers.

The statues were discovered in what is now known as the mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang. Work commenced on the mausoleum long before Qin Shi Huang became the emperor. The site was chosen when he became king of Qin in 247 BCE, and work progressed more and more energetically with each military and political victory Qin Shi Huang achieved.

The construction of the mausoleum was halted in 209 BCE, a year after Qin’s death. During the construction period more than 700,000 workers contributed to the creation of the mausoleum and the sculptures.

Shabtis from the British Museum's collection

Similarity to Egyptian Shabtis

Shabtis (or ushabtis) are figurines commonly found in the Middle Kingdom tombs of Egypt. Shabtis were important in the burial process, as they were believed to travel with the deceased into the afterlife and act as servants for the deceased. This is much like the emperor believed that his terracotta army would travel with him to the afterlife.

The wealthier or more important the deceased often the more shabtis were buried with them. The wealthiest Egyptians were buried with multiple sets of 401 shabtis, 1 for each day of the year and one overseer shabti for every 10 shabtis. A far cry less than the Emperor’s 8000+ statues.


More information on the Terracotta Army

From National Geographic:
http://science.nationalgeographic.com.au/science/archaeology/emperor-qin

From UNESCO World Heritage Convention:
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/441

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