Monday, July 4, 2011

Picture Blog #21 : Terracotta Warriors in Singapore

Ehibition will be held from 24 Jun 2011 till 16 Oct 2011
at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

The Terracotta Warriors are in town.

These famous figures (兵马俑) were created more that two thousand years ago. Thousands of them stayed intact within the tomb of the first Emperor of China, Qín Shǐhuáng (秦始皇) until they were unearthed in 1974. After 37 years, the excavation works at the massive tomb complex are still on-going over an area of 56km2 at Xian (西安), China.

Today, tourists flock to Xian to be awed by more than 8,000 figures of soldiers, chariots and horses. These life-sized sculptures were made to accompany Emperor Qin so that they could continue to help him rule another empire in his afterlife.

Terracotta Warriors are being shown in Singapore
for the first time.

For a limited period, you will get to see some of these warriors in Singapore. "Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy" will be held from 24 Jun 2011 till 16 Oct 2011 at the Asian Civilisations Museum. This is the first time the original statues are being showcased in Singapore and in Southeast Asia.

You can expect to see some 100 artifacts at the exhibition. However, due to the Chinese government policy to limit the numbers of figures to be loaned for any single show, there are only 10 Terracotta Warriors on display. These figures include a general, two archers, infantrymen, a cavalry officer, a charioteer and a strongman.

Life After Death: An Installation by Justin Lee
from 08 Jun 2011 - 30 Oct 2011
Concurrently, another contemporary art installation is on display to accompany the special exhibition of the Terracotta Warriors. Created by Singaporean artist, Justin Lee, "Life After Death" displays some unusual terracotta army figures with a tinge of modernity. 

These figures are flanked by graceful fairy-like maidens armed with modern technologies. Be inspired by his creative juxtaposition of Old and New, East and West as well as Life and Death.

You will have to be there to 'feel' the real thing. Visitors can also download a free app from the Apple App Store and 'interact' with the Terracotta Warriors. Watch this video to find out how you can 'bring history to life'. Tickets are at S$8 and Passion Card holders gets a 50% discount. (See Ticket Charges)

Here are some pictures taken at the exhibition.

The figures were accidental discoveries by a
group of peasants attempting to dig a well.

The statues are made of low-fired clay. [pic]

The terracotta figures are known for their
realistic representation of the details.

The figures are life-sized with
varying heights.

Emperor Qin was preoccupied with the idea
of immortality and life after death.

These figures date back to 210 BC. [pic]

The head, arms, legs and torsos were created separately
and then assembled. 

The tomb of the first emperor is one of the most remarkable
archaeological findings in recent times.

Historians believe that the construction of the
massive grave involved 700,000 workers.

Emperor Qin began construction of his
tomb when he was 13.

Detailed carvings were found on the
tomb walls.

A clay figurine. [pic]

Modern art installation of the
Terracotta Warriors.

Ancient warriors juxtaposed with
modern earphones.

A fairy-like maiden carrying a computer, blending
the past with the present.

Colorless lady figures with
loud accessories.

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