Terracotta Warriors

On the day, it was raining. We hired a four "kwai" taxi. The road to the site of the Terracotta Warriors was rural and undeveloped.

When we arrived, a sign stated the exhibition was under construction. That was fine. To see the Warriors close-up, both restored and unrestored, was fascinating. The building was dark. Huge pits of broken ceramic limbs stretched forward. Torsos, heads, arms, and the body parts of horses gave a sense of not just the original find, but also the scale of the task.

In China, the authorities like to show things at their best. To see an internationally famous exhibit in a raw, unfinished state was very interesting.

The following photos are straight-out-of-camera .jpgs. They need a bit of work to brighten them up. I will get round to it. But they do show the raw state of the exhibition, the shadowy atmosphere of the building, and the mammoth job the restorers were facing.

It was reported in the western media that every face is unique. That does seem to be the case.

To imagine that these warriors, horses, and functionaries were buried to protect their king. That is extraordinary.

The Terracotta Warriors, Xian, China in 2005