The Pacific Science Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit opened recently. I took the opportunity of free admission during Volunteer Week to see it.
This is the world premier for this exhibit and there will be only one other US location before it returns to China. There are several original figures in the exhibit and many reproductions. They are from the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE).
By the numbers:
2200 years underground
At least 8000 figures discovered in the pits
40 years of excavation
Figures weigh an average of 300 pounds
Over 700,000 laborers to build the site
These are reproductions, painted as they were thought to have been.
I took nearly 100 photos, which are all here: https://redharp.smugmug.com/MKB/2017-0424-Terracotta-Warriors/
The museum staff indicated I could use ink but I didn’t want to push it for watercolor (even with a contained waterbrush) so I completed the drawings in the exhibit and added color, such as there is, later. I sketched a 2 page montage. The “High Ranking General” was excavated in 1980; was one of 7 such figures found in pit number 1. He is 76.75 inches tall.
This was an amazing exhibit well worth seeing.