The Minneapolis Institute of Art Museum has become a favorite place to visit for Kyle and I. We love that it is free to the public and has an ever-changing display of all sorts of art. This winter, it housed 8 very special figurines taken from the burial site of Qin Shi Huangdi, self-proclaimed first emperor of China. These figures date back over 2200 years and are included on the list of wonders of the world. Of course, I am referring to the Terracotta warriors.
Up until 1974, the tomb was hidden away, lost under the ground. That is until a farmer, while preparing his land, happened to uncover pieces of one of the warriors. Since then, the excavation has begun and hundreds of warriors have been uncovered, archaeologists have found around 600 pits, and realized that the tomb grounds cover a 22 square mile area. Amazingly, there are still many more yet to be unearthed.
The exhibit was beautifully set up with details about the tools and process for the creation of each warrior. It also gave a detailed background to the contemporary events that surrounded the time when these were made. And of course, we got to see the warriors and their horses. They are incredibly detailed, even with the most insignificant things like braids in the hair, and treads on the bottoms of the shoes. It is amazing that they survived so well intact for such a long time. What is even more amazing is the tomb took over 720 000 people to create and 37 years to build. I wish I could have taken pictures of the pieces but no photography was allowed in the exhibit. They were truly an amazing sight.
Though we had to stand in line for over an hour to get in, it was well worth our wait. It also gave us a travel bug that has started us thinking about our next big adventure. We are making plans so stay posted, but in the meantime, I plan on learning more about the Terracotta Warriors.