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The First Emperor: China's entombed warriors

Come face to face with the guardian warriors of China’s First Emperor, entombed for over 2000 years.

Two views of Qin Shihuang tomb complex

The First Emperor: China’s entombed warriors brings to Sydney one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time. This major exhibition presents over 120 objects, 10 of the world-renowned warriors and horses, and significant recent finds from the First Emperor’s mausoleum located in the province of Xi’an, central China.

This exhibition explores the period of Chinese history preceding the Qin dynasty of the First Emperor, and then establishes his considerable achievements. Through a display that evokes the actual pits of the entombed warriors, visitors are given an unprecedented opportunity to examine up close the intricacies of these wondrous life-size figures. The final section of the exhibition adds to the evolving story with a number of recently discovered objects.

The exhibition is drawn from institutions including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses, the Shaanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute and the Shaanxi History Museum.

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Strategic sponsor
Events New South Wales

Major sponsor
WesTrac Australia

Supported by
Delta Electricity Qantas Airways Limited Sofitel Luxury Hotels - Sydney Wentworth Porter's Original Paints

Exhibition program partner
The President's Council VisAsia Council

On view
2 Dec 2010 – 13 Mar 2011
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Gallery Road, The Domain, Sydney

$20.00, $15.00 concession

Media contact

Claire Martin
Tel 02 9225 1734
Mob 0414 437 588

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