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October 23, 2017

Chinese Terra Cotta Soldiers

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I've never before seen a photo of these remarkable figures en masse, much less what appears to be in situ.

Above, some of the 8,000 clay soldiers and other figures that were discovered beneath a Chinese persimmon orchard in 1974.

Some 2,200 years ago, they were built by the emperor Qin Shihuangdi in a massive public works project that lasted about 30 years.

A new exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia features 10 of these soldiers.

From the New York Times: "While some of these 10 warriors have been exhibited elsewhere, the institute is enhancing the experience with augmented reality technology to digitally recreate weapons and other objects that were originally held by the statues [below]."

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"The original artifacts crumbled and vanished as earthen walls and roof timbers collapsed during the warriors' long occupancy of three underground pits."

The show runs through March 4, 2018.

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