Sunday, August 11, 2013

Terracota Warrior, Mausoleum of First Qin Emperor - CHINA - UNESCO #441

This is my 250th received card since I've joined postcrossing! Another chinese UNESCO site sent by Angel, probably the most known from China (except maybe the Great Wall). The terracota army that guarded the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor was made more that 2200 years and only discovered in the 70s - there are terracota warriors spread in museums all around the world, because of the hyper realism of the sculptures (all the thousands of faces, clothes and weapons are different - in this card we can see a general of the army). I've seen some in London and they're quite impressive - thanks a lot Angel! This is my 118th, only 863 to the end.
 
UNESCO #441 - Terracota Warrior - CHINA
 
No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.


 

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