Xi'an Warrior Reproduction

Artwork

Identifier:
2003.237.1a
Artist:
Chinese Craftsman
Medium:
Clay
Date:
circa 2000
Dimensions:

Description:
Contemporary Clay Reproduction of a terracotta warrior.
Historical Context:
This statue is a clay replica of one of 8,000 terracotta warriors found in the tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi. Emperor Qin ordered that his tomb be built when he was only 13 years old. Hundreds of thousands of workers toiled for thirty-six years to complete it. It is believed that Qin ordered the tomb workers to be buried alive to protect it's secrets. This vast tomb lies about 20 miles east of the city of Xiian, capital of the Shaanxi Province. In 1974, farmers accidentally discovered the tomb while digging a well. Today, the unearthed figures are protected by a modern museum structure built around them. The terracotta figures are said to be over 2,000 years old.
Credit:
Gift of Arthur C. Croci
Current Location:
GVSU ➜ PEW Campus (Grand Rapids) ➜ L. William Seidman Center ➜ 3rd Floor (WSC)
Location Notes:
WLC; 3rd Fl., Lobby, entrance to Section B Hallway