My daughter, the critic, is rather hard to please. So when she called to say, “Mom, the terracotta warriors were terrific,” I was happy.
“The museum had this cool video that showed how the soldiers were made,” she added.
And my husband, not the biggest fan of galleries, wholeheartedly agreed. “The visit was fascinating and well worth our time,” he said.
The exhibition comes from one of the greatest archaeological digs of the 20th century, the unearthing of China’s First Emperor’s terracotta army in Xian. Initially discovered in 1974, more than 9,000 figures were buried for 2,000 years. The excavations are ongoing, but these pieces exhibited are on loan from the Chinese government.
I was disappointed that I was unable to go to Atlanta, but on Laura’s rating alone, I can honestly recommend the show. Now hurry, the soldiers are marching on. They leave Atlanta’s High Museum on April 20, 2009.
Those who live near Houston, Texas can make plans to view them at their Museum of Natural Science after May 22. The last US opportunity to examine the statues will be from November 19, 2009–March 31, 2010 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC.
To whet your appetite and learn more about the terracotta army, watch this excellent video: A visit to Xian and the Terracotta Warriors