Exhibit Showcases Chinese Emperor’s Tomb Treasures
Treasures from one of the most astonishing archeological finds will be exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from October 28 through January 20, 2013. China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy showcases 120 objects from Qin Shihuang’s 3rd century B.C. tomb complex, where he intended to rule in the afterlife. The exhibit features ten terracotta warriors, from an army of nearly 8,000 placed to guard Qin’s subterranean palace, as well as bronze ritual and jade artifacts, gold and silver ornaments, and architectural décor.
The life-sized warriors were discovered by farmers in 1974. Archaeological work, which continues today, revealed a vast space with soldiers, chariots, horses, and treasures. Construction began in 246 B.C., soon after the 13-year-old leader became a state king. In 221 BC, Qin became First Sovereign Emperor of China. He greatly influenced China’s development until his death, in 210 B.C., when he was buried at his magnificent complex.
Exhibit tickets are $18-20 (free for museum members). Reservations are recommended.