In 1974, Chinese workers digging a well struck upon a life-size terracotta warrior poised for battle.
The diggers notified authorities, who dispatched government archaeologists to the site just outside the city of Xi’an, China.
The archaeologists found thousands of life-size, hand-molded terracotta clay soldiers, each with unique facial expressions. Further excavations revealed clay horses aligned four abreast, wooden chariots, and 40,000 bronze weapons, including battle axes, crossbows, arrowheads and spears, some in pristine condition.
The Terracotta Army, as it is now known, is one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world. More than 22 centuries ago around 209 B.C. in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, China’s first emperor Qin Shihuangdi was buried in a magnificent tomb surrounded by an army of 7,000 life-size terracotta clay soldiers meant to serve as security during the ruler’s afterlife. The Emperor’s mausoleum would remain hidden for more than 2,200 years after his death.
This remarkable pop-up card imagines the Emperor surrounded by his clay soldier Imperial Guard in battle formation, plus a chariot, horses and weapons.
You’ll know who to give this card to. For a birthday or Chinese New Year, for a warrior, an emperor, a philosopher, engineer, sculptor, soldier, farmer, historian, filmmaker, chariot driver. For your Royal Family.
To know your enemy you must become your enemy. ~Chinese proverb
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. ~Sun Tzu, the Art of War
The first blow is half the battle.
Our enemies teach us life’s most valuable lessons.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. ~Confucius
The Emperor is just a man after all.
Man Accused Of Breaking Off Terra-Cotta Warrior’s Thumb For Souvenir
in the news: (CNN) Chinese authorities are livid over the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on loan to a US museum, calling for the perpetrator to be severely punished. The ancient statue is valued at $4.5 million and considered a priceless part of China’s cultural heritage.