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Emperor Qin's Terracotta Army - A Slide Show

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Emperor Qin's Terra Cotta Army, Chinese Qin Dynasty, looking like business men at an airport

Emperor Qin's Terra Cotta Army, in a storage facility awaiting conservation, and looking like businessmen at an airport

Amy Hirst

The first emperor of imperial China was Shihuangdi [260-209 BC], known the world round for his lavish necropolis containing an army made of 7,000 soldiers modeled of terracotta clay. Under excavation since 1974, the site of Shihuangdi's tomb holds three pits containing life-sized models of individuals including infantry to commanders, charioteers and horses and chariots. Most of the following photographs were taken during the summer of 2005 by Amy Hirst, who has given her permission to post them here.

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