There have been two books sitting on the shelf in my office for as long as I can remember. They are picture books about the Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, constructed to serve the Emperor in the afterlife and buried around the time of his death in 210 BCE. The books I’ve had are children’s books, but at the time I became interested in the Army, there really weren’t any other books I could find on the subject.
I mention this to illustrate how it has long been a dream of mine to see the massive Terracotta Army in person, and on my recent trip to China I was finally able to visit this magnificent array of sculptures that has reasonably referred to as a “wonder of the world.”
I took a lot of pictures. This will be a long blog post. As always, you can click on individual photos to see them larger. But before we begin, let’s talk about what the Terracotta Army is, and its history.