The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
A ONCE-in-a-lifetime exhibition exploring one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century, The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, is on display at the British Museum until April 6, 2008.
The exhibition that provides an insight into China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, and his legacy, features a number of the world-famous terracotta warriors from Xi’an, China, which were buried with him in readiness for the afterlife, as well as some of the most striking recent discoveries made on the site.
In introducing the idea of a unified state and effectively creating China in 221 BC, the First Emperor of Qin created what is today the oldest surviving political entity in the world. How that state has survived, developed and is viewed today is explored through events, lectures and debates around the exhibition.
The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.