The most famous burial ground in China, must be that of the First Emperor of Qin Dynasty, who employed a gigantic terracotta army to guard him in the afterlife.
In the ensuing Han Dynasty, one of the emperors employed an army of
smaller scale and smaller statue. Instead of human-sized terracotta
warriors, this so-called Jing Emperor could only afford to have earthen
ware torso armies, with wooden arms, which by now have completely rotten
away, thus this army of cripples of one-third of human size. A pitiful
and creepy looking army.
The most memorable figures are those riders sans horses, whose arched bow-shaped legs and the perpendicular torso formed a strange looking arrow, and the "arrow-point", the round head with a grinning face, completed this strange spectacle, small in stature, but large in impact.
The second amazing artifact was a hollow brick with a white tiger relief. The fluid and delicate beauty of the noble beast was incredible and the accomplishment of the artist/artisan was of the highest order.
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