Travel back to 210 BCE to the Shaanxi province of central China and visit the Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China. Over 8000 military figures were sculpted from terracotta clay and placed as funerary art in front of the emperor’s tomb.The Terracotta Army figures were manufactured in workshops by government labourers and local craftsmen using local materials. Heads, arms, legs, and torsos were created separately and then assembled.
The discovery in 1974 of the Terracotta army located the tomb of the First Qin Emperor, but the main burial chamber, of which written descriptions survive, has not been excavated. The tomb itself is an “underground palace” beneath a sealed ancient burial mound surrounded by a wall, with several buildings set at some distance away down avenues for the observation of rites of veneration, and the accommodation of both permanent staff and those visiting to perform rites, as well as gateways, towers and other buildings.
Now, for the first time in South Africa you can view a 300 plus model remake of the original funerary array. Discover the mystery that surrounds ancient China for yourself. Tickets can be booked in advance or purchased at the entrance of the exhibition. Handsets with integrated speakers can be rented at an extra R40 per device for a more educated experience.Children under the age of five years get in free and extra curriculum information can be downloaded in PDF form at ExpoRSA.
The exhibition will be on display from 15 June through 20 August 2016 at Silverstar Casino and we urge you to check it out as it is not only interesting but very educational.
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Words by Shawn Greyling
Photos by Bianca van Heerden