The quality and variety of the sculptures makes this one of the most important archaeological finds od the 20th century. It looks like a lifelike diorama of an army from 150 BC, ready for battle.
Foot soldiers, archers and horsemen are all ready for attack, some even with bows at the ready, facing east. Each figure is different and detailed, possibly to represent actual warriors at the time. The museum shows how they found the remains of the Terracotta Army.
Research has uncovered that the sculptures were painted in bright colours at the time, but most of the colours have faded, or disappeared entirely. Time, and the soil they were covered by, have taken their toll on them.
Museum of Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and Horses
You can visit the Museum of Qin Shi Huang Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an. It offers possibly one of the most beautiful finds of the Terracotta Army. It houses, amongst other things, the world-famous horse chariots, which have been restored as much as possible.
These are the only parts of the army not made entirely out of clay, but out of bronze, and included elaborate ornaments. The museum is located next to the halls with the Terracotta Army and is a big attraction.