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Discovery to life and times of first Qin emperor

06-29-2010 10:56 BJT

BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhuanet) -- A new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum takes visitors on a journey of discovery to the life and times of the first Qin emperor, Li Xing reports.

More than 192 faces of terracotta warriors are pictured at the entrance to the Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army exhibition. (Photo: China Daily)
More than 192 faces of terracotta warriors are pictured at the entrance to the 
Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army exhibition. (Photo: China Daily)

A total of 192 faces greet visitors to the Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army exhibition, which opened on Saturday at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada's largest city Toronto. Each face of the generals, soldiers and civilian officials of the first Chinese emperor is distinct in expression and make-up. Accounting for only a small number of the 8,000-strong terracotta army, they usher visitors into the life and rule of the Qin (221-206 BC) and Han (206 BC - AD 24) dynasties.

A chart elaborates the consonants and vowels of the name of the "warrior emperor", and some visitors were murmuring "Chin shih hwongdee", as they proceeded into the main exhibit area, as they tried to memorize the name of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shihuangdi (259-210 BC).

The emperor not only had the impressive terracotta army built, he also left a rich legacy that laid the foundations for imperial China that would last some 2,200 years.

The language chart is only one of the many details that Dr Chen Shen, chief curator of the show, incorporated into the exhibition.

A map draws a lot of visitors' attention as it marks the exact location of the generals amongst the huge army unearthed so far. "Only nine generals, the highest ranking army officers, have been found thus far," the subtitle reads.

The life-size statue of an armored general is just one of the 250 artifacts that Dr Shen selected exclusively from 15 museums and institutes in Shaanxi province for Canadian tour.

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