Following the enormous success of Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s first Emperor in 2009, the warriors are back for a new exhibit spanning three dynasties in Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy – opening Friday.
Where Terra Cotta Warriors focused on artifacts from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang, Warriors, Tombs and Temples will encompass a greater span of history throughout three dynasties: The Qin, Han and Tang.
In addition, the warriors to be unveiled Friday have benefited from more advanced conservation techniques, and some figures even have their original paint in tact. Among these is a Terra Cotta Warrior whose face is painted green – known as the kneeling archer – which is being revealed for the first time.
Also featured in the new exhibition are 200 ancient works of art, many never before seen outside of Chin. Some of our unbiased favorites? A gold-coated iron dragon who expertly balances on his two front feet (pictured above); intricate, miniature reliquaries crafted to house the finger bones of Buddha; and a magnificent life-size figure of a chariot horse, typical of the horses discovered in the tomb compound of Emperor Qin Shihuangdi.
Want to do your own digging through the warrior remains? Warriors, Temples and Tombs is on view until Sept. 3.