|Horse keeper & Cavalry horse dating from the Qin Dynasty, |
discovered at the First Emperor's Mausoleum Site
China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors is an exhibition currently on at the World Museum in Liverpool (9th Feb - 28th Oct 2018). It is a joint exhibit developed and designed by National Museums Liverpool, and the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and Shaanxi History Museum, People's Republic of China.
|China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors Exhibit|
On show are a number of artefacts (some of which have never been on show in the UK) telling the story of China's First Emperor, alongside Chinese cultural history and belief systems. The exhibit includes some of the genuine terracotta warriors discovered in 1974, at what archaeologist have since discovered is part of the biggest burial site on earth (58 square kilometres).
|Burial site of the First Emperor|
The exhibit is fascinating. Previously, I was aware that the terracotta warriors were a significant discovery, Chinese, and life size, however, I knew little else. Having been to the exhibit I have learnt a lot about the First Emperor, the significance of horses in China, Chinese burial practice and ancestor worship, Philosophy, animal symbolism, the extent and importance of the discovery of the terracotta warriors and surrounding complex, and much much more. I would certainly recommend this exhibit to anyone interested in history and/or culture.
|The four most popular animal symbols in ancient China; |
the black turtle, red bird, green dragon, and white tiger
|Stone armour from the First Emperor's Mausoleum Site - too heavy to have been |
worn by a real human, but likely part of a pit representing an armoury
|Making a terracotta warrior - contemporary model|
Due to its popularity you likely will have to book tickets for a timed entrance (people are staggered in every 30mins). Despite there being timed slots for entry, there is no set time to exit and thus you can go round at your own pace.
When I visited the exhibit it was busy, however there was not too much queuing or waiting around. The only part that there was a short line was when going past the 7 terracotta warriors about half way round, however this moved quite quickly.
|7 of the 8,000 life-size warriors & horses discovered at Emperor |
Qin Shi Huang's burial site. Originally brightly painted and buried
in battle formation
Top 5 things I learnt:
- Life is seen as similar after death as when alive, thus the Chinese our buried with what they might need.
- The 1st Emperor's burial site took 40yrs to construct beginning in 246BC and not finishing until after his death
- The burial site was designed like a city with mausoleum in the centre surrounded by palaces, living quarters, offices, ritual buildings, stables & defensive walls
- The emperor's childless concubines, thousands of officials and craftsman make up a large amount of human remains found across the burial site.
- The 1st Emperor's life size terracotta warriors are not the only terracotta warriors to have been discovered. Smaller ones (30cm high) have have been found close to the burial site of Han Gaozu - founder of the Han Dynasty
|Smaller terracotta warriors discovered in 1965 near the burial site |
of Han Gaozu - Founder of the Han Dynasty
- Excellent exhibit
- Running: 9th Feb 2018 - 28th Oct 2018
- Location: World Museum, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN, England, UK
- Ticket price:
- Adults: £14.50
- Concessions: £13.00
- Child (6-17): £5.50
- Child (5 or under): Free
- For more information: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml/exhibitions/terracotta-warriors/