The emperor's underground demesne was discovered in 1974—2,200 years after his reign ended. The statuary includes soldiers arranged in battle formation (armored officers, infantrymen, and standing and kneeling archers), as well as a terra cotta "war horse." They were buried with real weapons, which were later plundered.
|Court official (photos: Wang Da-Gang)|
Viewing these statues give one such a visceral sense of these people who lived so long ago and far away. And despite all the excavation, the Chinese have refrained from opening the Emperor's tomb. R.I.P.