Terracotta Warriors
en.xa.gov.cn     Updated: 2019-09-10

Construction of the Terracotta Warriors, which is composed of over 8,000 figures, was ordered by Emperor Qinshihuang, the founder of China's first unified dynasty, who ruled during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).

The Terracotta Warriors were all fine art works created by the craftsmen of that time. Their average height was 1.8 meters with different facial expressions. From the body structure to the eyebrows, each figure was meticulous and vivid.

Most of the Terracotta Warriors had single eyelids. It is the most primitive and traditional face of people of the Han ethnic group.

They also appeared in a variety of shapes with some very puzzling movements. In fact, they held weapons with different gestures because of their different tasks and the atmosphere of the military squad that they portrayed.


The Terracotta Warriors. [Photo/Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum's WeChat public account]