Terracotta Soldiers Come to Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Art Museum will be featuring an exciting new exhibit that showcases 120 some objects that will include some the famous Terracotta figures warriors from ancient China, along with other artifacts like arms, armor, bronze vessels, gold and silver work, jade carvings, jewelry and ceramics. The pieces hail from art museums and historical institutes all over Shaanxi province, China.

All the objects date from the Pre-Qin period (770-221 BC) up until the Qin dynasty (which lasted from 221-206 BC). All the objects come from the emperor’s mausoleum as well as aristocrats’ and nomads’ tombs.

The pieces will help visitors understand the rich cultural heritage—history, myths and burials—of ancient China.

The world-renowned Terracotta Army is a collection of sculptures which represent the army of Qin Shi Huang. Huang was the first Emperor of China. The funerary art was buried with the emperor around 210 BC. They were meant to protect him in the afterlife. Other figures found in the tomb included non-military figures such as court officials, strongmen and acrobats, all presumably meant to serve Huang in the afterlife.

The exhibit runs through the summer to August 12th.