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wonders never cease Monday, November 30, 2009

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30th, 2009 just one word (well, 2): terra cotta

20091119-soldier1-450terra-cotta-warriorsWhile touring this incredible gathering of ancient life-sized clay figures on Thanksgiving afternoon, we couldn't shake a couple of thoughts: what in the heck must it have been like for the farmers who accidentally uncovered the vast underground army? And: why don't we make more stuff out of terra cotta? It REALLY wears well.

The figures, made nearly 2,000 years ago, were discovered in huge underground pits outside the city of Xi'an in 1974. Although the farmers who found them didn't see the entire militia at once (thank heavens!), an estimated 2,000 soldiers and hundreds of chariots and horses have since been uncovered. The exhibit includes 15 warriors, weapons, armor and coins excavated from the tomb complex.

The soldiers, archers, musicians and generals will be standing guard at the National Geographic Museum in "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor" through March.

Come see us in our Dupont shop after your visit. We're so close - and so much less intimidating!


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