Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor

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Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor

National Geographic Museum, Washington DC
November 19, 2009–March 31, 2010

Soldiers. Charioteers. Archers. Musicians. Generals. Acrobats. Nearly 2,000 years ago, thousands of life-size clay figures were buried in massive underground pits to accompany China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, into the afterlife. Their discovery outside the city of Xi’an in 1974 is one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

Now, you can stand face-to-face with these terra cotta warriors. In November 2009, National Geographic Museum will host Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, an exhibition featuring treasures from the tomb complex including 15 life-size figures, weapons, armor, coins, and more. Don’t miss this chance to see the largest collection of significant artifacts from China ever to travel to the United States.


Objects on loan

The ANS had a total of 16 objects on loan to this exhibition. Highlights of the loan include:

Copper alloy Coin, China, 400 BC – 200 BC. 1913.28.354

Copper alloy Coin, China, 475 BC – 221 BC. 1926.79.37

Copper alloy round value 6, China. 1937.179.19021

Copper alloy Coin, China, 100 BC – AD 100. 1937.179.4057

Copper alloy Coin, China, 200 BC. 1937.179.15772

Copper alloy Coin, Linqing (China), 200 BC. 1937.179.15005

Copper alloy Coin, Linqing (China), 200 BC. 1937.179.16824

Copper alloy ban liang, China, 221 BC – 206 BC. 1937.179.30102