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The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army.

June 26 to December 2010 Feature Exhibition

Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Level 2B


Nearly 8,000 extraordinary figures of China's Terracotta Army, the first of which were discovered in 1974, were created during the Qin dynasty 2,200 years ago, under the rule of the First Emperor. Qin Shihuangdi remains a controversial figure in Chinese history; his autocratic rule was heavily marked by tyranny and bloodshed, yet he set in place innovations that modernized and unified a country left fragmented by the Warring States period. His most tangible legacy, regarded today as one of the world's marvels, is the Terracotta Army. Believed to have been sparked partly by a series of assassination attempts, the massive tomb complex and clay guardians were meant to protect Qin Shihuangdi in the afterlife.

This June, the terracotta soldiers debut at the ROM, the first exhibition of this kind and scope in North America. The Museum organized the Canadian tour of The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army, which is scheduled to travel to Montreal, Calgary, and Victoria. The show features more than 250 artifacts, among them 10 complete life-sized terracotta sculptures. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these ancient warriors and to explore three distinct dynasties of ancient China, illustrating the dramatic social changes from war to peace during the first millennium BCE.

Sponsors for ROM Presentation:


Lead Sponsor:

BMO Financial Group

Supporting sponsor: Cathay Pacific

Exhibit Patron: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

This exhibition was organized by the Royal Ontario Museum in partnership with the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre, People's Republic of China, with the collaboration of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, and the Royal BC Museum, Victoria.

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Title Annotation:In the Spotlight
Publication:ROM Magazine
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jun 22, 2010
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