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The Terracotta Warriors in Sydney

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Published January 3rd 2011
It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that to someone with an interest in history, sighting the terracotta warriors is a rare and sought after experience.

The Terracotta Warriors were created at the order of the first Chinese Emperor, Qin Shi Huang di, the same leader responsible for the Great Wall of China. The 8000 clay figures were built in excruciating detail and were made to scale so that they could guard the Emperor's tomb when he died.

Their discovery was one of the greatest archaeological achievements of the twentieth century.

For any Sydney-siders with an interest in archaeology or the history of the Chinese Emperors, it will be gratifying to learn that the New South Wales Art Gallery will be hosting the Warriors until 13 March 2011.

The exhibition, "The First Emperor: China's entombed warriors", constitutes 120 rare objects, including 10 of the Terracotta Warriors themselves. Apart from this main attraction, the Gallery houses a variety of architectural remains, including pottery, ceramics, ornaments, and ceremonial vessels.

As the website observes, what is compelling about this exhibition is the close proximity that visitors are allowed within in relation to the Warriors. While usually tourists are required to view the warrior's in their resting place - in the deep pits in the Shaanxi province where they were found - it is possible in Sydney to really engage with the detail of the statues.

Tickets are available online at a rate of $20 for adults and $15 for concessions and members.
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Why? To see an ancient marvel
When: Until 13 March 2011
Where: Art Gallery of NSW
Cost: Adults: $20, Concession/Members: $15
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