Terracotta Warriors: History and More

Allyson Hayes

Some art is really fascinating but something that I found cool was the Terracotta Warrior statues. These statues were made way back and they were originally for Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. They were created to honor his death wish and protect him in the afterlife. It was also a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210-209 BCE. One of the places I saw the Terracotta warriors was in a museum in Atlanta. These statues are to represent Qin Shi Huang’s armies.

It took over 700,000 people to make all of these statues. These were painted with tree sap, charcoal, intensely fired bones, cinnabar, iron oxide, azurite, cinnabar barium, silicate mix, and machalite. There were over 8,000 soldiers built. The average size of the Terracotta warriors is 175 centimeters (5.74 ft) to 200 centimeters (6.6 ft). The officer statues are taller than the other statues.