16 Pictures of China’s Terracotta Army

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Found in 1974 by farmers intending to dig a well, these terracotta figures went undiscovered, and mostly undamaged, for over 2,200 years. The Army consists of more than 8,000 warriors and 650 horses located in four different pits, the largest of which is the size of an American football field. They were created to defend the first Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, in the afterlife, and as many as 70,000 craftsmen were involved in the process. Pictures of the site show the warriors to be remarkably individual and expressive, and eternally prepared for battle.

Terracotta Warrior, Xian by J C

Terracotta Warrior, Xian by J C

Image by Ben R

Image by Ben R

Image by kellyv

Image by kellyv

2009_China_Xian-16 by calvin shueh

2009_China_Xian-16 by calvin shueh

2009_China_Xian-17 by calvin shueh

2009_China_Xian-17 by calvin shueh

Frozen by Adam Baker

Frozen by Adam Baker

Terracotta Army by Scott Swigart

Terracotta Army by Scott Swigart

terracotta warriors by Hans Splinter

terracotta warriors by Hans Splinter

Terra Incognita by Adam Baker

Terra Incognita by Adam Baker

Terracotta Infantry by Richard Fisher

Terracotta Infantry by Richard Fisher

el primer emperador / the first emperor by bachmont

el primer emperador / the first emperor by bachmont

Not amused by Mike Locke

Not amused by Mike Locke

War Horse by Don McCullough

War Horse by Don McCullough

Terracotta Warriors by Pedro Szekely

Terracotta Warriors by Pedro Szekely

Kneeling Archer Terracotta Warrior, 221-206 BCE by Rachel

Kneeling Archer Terracotta Warrior, 221-206 BCE by Rachel

Image by Ben R

Image by Ben R

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  1. Tony Chavez

    Truly amazing.

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  2. Andre Zuardi

    Superb images

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  3. Hubert Williams

    These are very interesting subjects to photograph. Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. Jen

    was Qin Shi Huangdi insane or there is some actual truth in needing an army to go in the afterlife?
    what about the ones who can afford it?

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