Terracotta Warriors

A terracotta soldier and his horse

The Terracotta Army is a collection of statues of soldiers, the buried army of Chinese emperor Qin. Terracotta refers to the material they are sculpted out of. Thousands of these ancient sculptures were built and buried over two thousand years ago near the city of Xi’an.

Emperor Qin ordered them to be built to protect him in the afterlife. He died in 210 BC. Over 700,000 workers were needed to build the underground city where he was buried.

Each terracotta warrior is made of clay. They are around 2 meters (6.5 feet) tall, with commanders in the army being the tallest. The sculptures are so detailed that it is possible to guess the age, rank, and personality of each one. None of the soldiers are the same. Some carry weapons such as daggers, bows and arrows, swords, spears, or axes.

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