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Terracotta Army Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carrington had the day off from school yesterday, so we planned a day trip, just the two of us, to Richmond, which included a day of shopping following this trip to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see actual statues that are part of the Terracotta Army. I am going to share not only my photos, but a little Terracotta Army history (which is pretty fascinating!), exhibit info, and what Carrington I found to be most interesting. What is the Terracotta Army, and what is its significance? The Terracotta Army is a collection of life-size terracotta pottery sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. They are more than 2,300 years old, but were just rediscovered in 1974 by Chinese farmers.  This discovery prompted Chinese archaeologists to investigate, revealing the largest pottery figurine group ever found in China. The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art, which means that they were made to be buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE with the purpose of…

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