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Terracotta Army

2009-10-02 15:00:00

The Story of the Terracotta Army:
Quin Shi Huang-Ti was born in 259 BC under the name of Jing Cheng. After the death of his father, at the age of 13, he became the new king. At his 22 he was officilly crowned. Having overcome all obstacles to his unlimited autocracy (inlcuding imprisonment of his mother, country´s politics and generals) he began working on preparations for the unitification of the whole of China. Following the introduction of some new rules and laws, led the young king to the war with other states. In 221 he managed to conquer all the surrounding territory. The result was an end to chaos and the first Chinese unification under a single sovereign and centralized government. Cheng declared himself the king of kings and the first emperor (to distinguish himself from the previous kings) and adopted the name of Shi Huang-ti. In 210 BC he died on a research trip in the province of Hebei.

Clay Warriors:
In 1974 in the village of Xi´an in the province of Shanghai, village farmers wanted to dig a new well for watering their fieds. After five days of excavation they found a layer of burnt clay. They found out that it was an armoured soldier and a few months later a team of archeologists carried out the excavation. Finally they discovere a huge collection of clay warriors and horses, which belonged to the tomb of Qin Shi Huang-ti. This was the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century.

In 2002 Ralph Grünberger and Burkard Pfenzinger made reality of their common vision - to bring the impressions and feelings from one of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century to Europe. In ancient kins they had 180 terracotta figures of soldiers in their original size made, including infantry, generals, junior officers, archers and horses.

This unique exhibition you can see in the Lucerna passage in Prague 1.

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