Art ➔ Terracotta Warrior Reproduction, Qin Shi Huang
This reproduction of a Terracotta Warrior sculpture which depicts a warrior of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, is part of the Grand Rapids Public Museum's Education Collection. This sculpture represents the great archeological discovery of the Terracotta Warriors who were uncovered in the 1970s. Thousands of these life-sized statues, constructed over 2,000 years ago, stood guarding their master's tomb. These warriors are symbolic of the great achievements of mankind. The figures were manufactured in workshops using local materials and scientific research into the production of the sculptures points to early technology such as lathes for polishing and elaborate methods for making dyes to color them. The warriors also depict incredible weaponry for the period, evidence of great technological advancements in Chinese society.