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Terra Cotta Warriors (6 imgs)
Posted By: xs400, 05-17-2008, 10:36 AM

The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses were the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, later the first Emperor of all China, begun to work for his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish.

Qin's Terra Cotta army consists of life-size figures of warriors, depicted in battle dress according to rank and unit, with numerous figures of horses and chariots, and this is only part of what is believed to be his grand tomb. Each warrior is different and thought to be modelled after members of his army and staff.

In 1974, workers in China were busy digging a new well when they made this discovery. They came upon a pit where initially, they unearthed 1,000 pieces of pottery figurines, a few bronze chariots, horses, and weapons that would have been used during that era. However, they soon discovered this pit was massive and the resting place of more than 6,000 full-size soldiers made from terra cotta, all standing in formation, many with their horses ready for battle.

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Another wonderful series. Great color and composition.
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Great shots, thanks for sharing, Susan
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Thanks for sharing these! They truly are an amazing find!

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Frank: I think it's just a shame you had (are having?) such a boring time in China! So little to shoot! Amazing photos, and I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson too.

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Frank: I think it's just a shame you had (are having?) such a boring time in China! So little to shoot! Amazing photos, and I thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson too.

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Thanks. I thought the history lesson would be helpful for anyone who is not familiar with the Terra Cotta Warriors. Heck, I didn't even know the history before I went to China.

And it was a shame I was having such a boring time. I only got a little over 1400 pics during my 10 days in China.
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Thanks for posting these, Frank.

Scary to think that if the warriors had been discovered just 10 years earlier, they probably all would have been destroyed in the Cultural Revolution.

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Great shots Frank with excellent detail. Thanks for the write up as well. I'd heard about this place but not how it was discovered. Amazing how each one is differnt than the others. Did they say what happened to the weapons. Clearly from your shots, the warriors where holding weapons at one time.
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Extraordinary Frank.
Never got to see these, wish I had made the effort.
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Great shots Frank with excellent detail. Thanks for the write up as well. I'd heard about this place but not how it was discovered. Amazing how each one is differnt than the others. Did they say what happened to the weapons. Clearly from your shots, the warriors where holding weapons at one time.
Thanks Peter.
The soldiers were originally holding wooden weapons, some with metal points. The wood rotted away centuries ago. There were also charriots made of terra cotta, with what was probably leather harnesses for the horses!
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Awesome shots Frank. Did you try and hang any Free Tibet banners on them?
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Mmh, this I wanted to see last year but had not enough time. Lucky you!
Considered turning them into black and white?
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Great series and nice storyline Frank. Looks to be a photogenic holiday thanks for sharing.
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Very cool...nice shots...
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Mmh, this I wanted to see last year but had not enough time. Lucky you!
Considered turning them into black and white?
Too bad you missed them, they are certainly worth a look.

I'll take a look at B&W conversion for some of the pics.

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