Terracotta Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor, is an immersive exhibition of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in modern time, is in New York City at Discovery Times Square (226 West 44th Street) now through August 26th. The exhibition features artifacts dating back to 221 BCE, including the world premiere of a set of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber, the U.S. debut of more than 20 artifacts, and an up-close look at 10 of the authentic, life-sized clay soldiers and their armor.
- Location: Discovery Times Square – 226 West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues
- Sunday – Thursday: 10AM-8PM, Friday – Saturday: 10AM-9PM, (final entry 60 minutes prior to closing)
- Ticket Prices: $19.50 (child 4-12), $27.00 (adult) and $23.50 (senior = 65) Special savings for groups of 15 or more with advanced reservations.
This exhibition was created uniquely for display at Discovery Times Square this summer and features the world premiere of a set of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber. More than 20 of the exhibition’s artifacts have never before been seen in the United States, including a “Lai” Ding (cooking utensil) and a Bronze “He” (water or wine container).
- Visitors will travel through the exhibition chronologically in three parts, illustrating the change from war to peacetime during and after the rule of China’s First Emperor:
- Section I: The Rise of Qin (9th century – 221 BCE)
- Section II: The Terracotta Army (221-206 BCE)
- Section III: The Harmonious Han (206 BCE – CE 220)
- The Terracotta Warriors are one of the most significant archaeological finds of all time. The warriors were unearthed from the tomb of China’s “First Emperor,” Qin Shihuangdi, who unified ancient China and established a system of government. The warriors were buried in Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb along with thousands of other artifacts to protect him in the afterlife. More than 1,000 artisans were commissioned to create the nearly 8,000 life-size (six-foot tall) 600-pound warriors.
- The exhibition showcases 10 authentic Terracotta Warriors, which is currently the maximum amount that can be displayed out of China at one time.
- In addition to the warriors, the exhibition will feature over 200 artifacts from ancient China, many of which were buried with the warriors in Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb, including art, tools, jewelry, musical instruments and sculpted figures. Sixteen major museums in China’s Shaanxi province, where the tomb is located, loaned these artifacts.
- Artifact Highlights:
- World premiere of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber
- Terracotta Warriors – one of only nine generals ever recovered from pits
- Armor – suit of stone plaque armor
- Vessel – bronze ritual vessel
- Gold objects including pendants, ornaments and chariot decorations
- “Lai” Ding – cooking utensil (U.S. premiere)
- Bronze “He” – water or wine container (U.S. premiere)
- This exhibition has been created and produced by Discovery Times Square in cooperation with China Institute, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum Association. It was curated by archaeology expert and historian Dr. Chen Shen.
For more information, tickets can be purchased online at http://www.discoveryts.com, by phone at (866) 987-9692, or at the exhibition box office.