Photographer's Note

The first Emperor of China and the most powerful man in the world as they knew it, Emperor Qin Shi Huang was not one to trifle with. First he united China then, irritated by ongoing border incursions by tribal groups from inland, Emperor Qin had the first Great Wall built (when referring to him, don’t even think about the cost of his projects in money or lives). Eventually, the Emperor’s thoughts turned to ensuring his immortality. Apart from sending search parties abroad for the “elixir of life”, according to the histories of the time, Qin had an enormous and lavish mausoleum built for himself (using 700,000 labourers) in an artificial hill (4km across!) outside the city of Tian. What was totally unknown for two thousand years, was that the Emperor also had a huge underground terracotta army of over 8,000 warriors and 600 horses waiting to defend him in the afterlife. Found by chance in 1974 and since carefully excavated, it is one of the jewels of the ancient world. The original mausoleum hill is yet to be opened – isn’t it fascinating to wonder if it will be opened during our lifetime and think what marvels it may contain!

Let’s be clear, the original warriors are very carefully protected and are not about to wander the world at random. So the display I saw in Vienna (and which is in London for the time beiig) was actually a set of nearly 200 life-size replicas, supported by 1,000 smaller replicas at a scale of 1:10. In the ante-rooms (previous photo) were reconstructions of some of the weapons, other lifesize mannequins with clothing of the period, and extensive historical information and details of how they were made. There also was a theatrette running a film about the terracotta army. The main display was set out to reproduce the appearance of the original as accurately as possible on a small scale, in a semi-darkened room with seating at the back. There is a German commentary with lightshow.

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