2 Dec ”“ 13 Mar: The legendary terracotta warriors at Art Gallery

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, the guardian warriors of China’s First Emperor have captivated audiences around the world.

Discovered by villagers in 1974, this vast underground army was created to protect the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shihuang (259”“210 BCE) in readiness for the afterlife.

This major exhibition  brings to Australia over 120 rare objects, featuring ten complete terracotta warrior figures including foot soldiers, generals, kneeling bowmen and horses. Normally viewed at a distance, this is a rare opportunity to examine the details and intricacies of these iconic figures.

Rare and precious ceremonial bronze bells and vessels, ornamental gold and jade, ceramics and  significant recent finds also discovered in the Emperor’s tomb complex are on display alongside the warriors.

Drawn from 13 institutions in Shaanxi province, including the Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum the exhibition is on from 2 Dec – 13 Mar 2011. The gallery has extended opening hours in summers from 5 January ”“ 13 March Wednesdays until 9pm, Saturdays until 8pm.

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