We've had so much rain that everything is well watered and happy to go into Spring! I must admit that I am solar powered and really look forward to days in the sunshine. In the meantime we have found ways to enjoy these last days of winter. Look what I found growing outside of our south facing windows! It thrills my heart to pick the blooms that have been beaten down by the rain and bring them inside to cheer us!
Yesterday we visited the Terracotta Army exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
|Our eldest grandson, Samuel|
It was a fun day to acquire a little culture and escape another rainy day. I'm sure you have read about this amazing archaeological find in China. We were honored to view the items that are on loan from the Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum of the People's Republic of China. This exhibit has been in Richmond since November and will be leaving in a couple of weeks.
This exhibit tells the story of Ying Zheng's death in 210 BC. They believed (like other civilizations) that they needed certain items to accompany them into the afterlife.
8,000 life size clay soldiers, horses and chariots formed into battle formations were in his burial mausoleum. Also many weapons and other items.
He declared himself First Emperor of Qin, or Qin Shihuang (chin shu-hwong). Many advances were realized during his eleven years as emperor. His reign has shaped the history of China for 2,000 years.
The life size terracotta figures are quite detailed in their dress and armor. Some weigh as much as 400 pounds.
The artistry of the ancient Chinese craftsmen is amazing.
This Mausoleum was discovered by farmers outside of Xi'an in 1974. I remember Grayden mentioning the article about this in National Geographic many years ago.
Grayden and Samuel and I found this exhibit fascinating! Only 20 percent of the buried figures have been excavated. This large mausoleum measures approximately 38 square miles. The Emperor's tomb mound remains undisturbed.