Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Terra Cotta Soliders from a Chinese Tomb

The Tomb of 10,000 Warriors ranks up there as one of the top ten archeological discoveries according to Patrick Hunt’s Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History. Luckily for us Southern Californians who can’t make it to China, the Bower’s Museum in Santa Ana, is exhibiting, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor through October 12 2008. The exhibit will unveil 20 complete life-sized figures, the most ever to have left China, in a 120-object touring archive of rare artifacts over 2200 years old.

To learn more about this amazing discovery, check out two new books at the library,
The Terra Cotta Army: China’s first Emperor and the birth of a nation by John Man.

"A judicious exploration of the circumstances and meaning behind the terra cotta army interred with China's first emperor. (Kirkus Reviews)

China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors by Frances Wood

"a tightly structured, nimble pocket portrait of China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi." (Kirkus Reviews)

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