While U.S. President Donald Trump is seemingly fighting the Chinese in the field of global trade, a set of China’s warriors have already set foot on to the historic Richmond, capital of U.S. state of Virginia.
However, since these warriors are made of terracotta and they have restricted themselves to the museum, Trump need not call the National Guard yet.
The artifacts that provide a taste of the Chinese history, have already caught the attention of the local museum-goers.
At display this week are 10 life-size figures that also comprise of warriors and a cavalry horse which is believed to have protected the tomb of Qin Shihuang, China’s First Emperor. These have been displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). The exhibition is a part of Chinese-themed exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.
“The Terracotta Army is one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said.
In addition to the terracotta warriors, the exhibition also includes 130 artifacts thath have been sourced from 14 art museums and archaeological institutes from northwest China’s Shaanxi. The exhibition also has over than 40 items that have never been displayed in the U.S.
“From the featured objects, our audience will learn about the First Emperor’s political and cultural innovation and legacy, as well as gain a better understanding about ancient Chinese cultural history as part of world civilization,” said Nyerges.
In 1974, local farmers in Lintong District, outside Xi’an in Shaanxi province discovered about 8,000 life-size sculptures of warriors, chariots, and horses and the 10 terracotta figures at display at the VMFA are sourced from that lot.
In the 80 years of the history of the museum, this is the first time that such an exhibition devoted to ancient China is being held at the VMFA, Nyerges said.
The process and chronology of the development of the Qin state into an empire under Ying Zheng (259-210 BC) is being showcased in the exhibition that will stay open till March next year.
The complex history, myths and burial customs of ancient China have been displayed by the objects that date from the Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BC) through the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC). The artifacts also help to explore the manner in which Emperor Qin Shihuang managed to profoundly influence the Chinese history, art, and culture.
“The legacy of the First Emperor is enormous, including administration, law, language, art, architecture, interstate roadways, and the Great Wall,” Li said. “Our exhibition is organized to bring our audience a better understanding of Qin history, and ancient Chinese art and archaeology.”
“Going to a museum is the very best way for people to learn other countries’ culture and history,” Nyerges said.
“The Qin Dynasty is so important that it allowed China to become what it is today,” the director stressed. “It would be the greatest chapter for American people to start learning the Chinese history.”
“Just imagine what it feels like to stand in front of thousands of sculptures inside Emperor Qin Shihuang’s mausoleum complex,” she said. “I would love to go to China and see them myself someday in the future.”
(Adapted from News.xinhuanet.com)