Yes, that’s right —200 reasons to visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science that can be summed up in one fantastic exhibit: Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy!
You may have been among the attendees who helped make the first exhibition, Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor, one of the top 10 museum exhibitions by TIME Magazine that set attendance records during its stint in the U.S. Over 1 million people viewed the extraordinary archaeological find, deemed the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World.
And now, you can get up close and personal with 200 more incredibly preserved ancient works of art featuring newly-discovered artifacts unearthed from imperial, royal and elite tombs and from beneath Buddhist monasteries in and around the capital cities of three great dynasties, all located near the modern city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. These are Xianyang, the capital city during the Qin dynasty (221 – 206 BCE), Chang’an, the capital city during the Western or Former Han (206 BCE – 8 CE) and the Tang (618 – 907 CE) dynasties.
- New warriors (Thanks to new conservation techniques, the paint on the warriors’ garments and armor is now clearly visible, and there are unexpected touches—premiering in this exhibition is the strangest of all—a Terra Cotta Warrior whose face is painted green!)
- Exquisite artifacts (Precious objects include gold dragons, fine ornaments, an exquisite tomb demon and other luxuries—displayed for the first time outside of China!)
- Examples of daily life in ancient China (See how people made a living, worshipped, traded, and buried their dead plus the daily and ritual lives of the elites, including the royal families, of each era—along with what elites wore, rode on, ate from, and took to their tombs, the extraordinary works of art reveal tensions, controversies, and plots at court.) Almost all of the material comes from imperial and royal tombs.
Maybe you’ll find all the intrigue you need to write the next best-selling mystery book! Indiana Jones will have nothing on you! So, get your tickets and check it out!
Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy is organized by the Bowers Museum and the Houston Museum of Natural Science in association with the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, the Famen Temple Museum, the Han Yangling Mausoleum Museum, the Lin Yu County Museum, the Museum of the Terracotta Warrior and Horses of Qin Shi Huang, the Shaanxi Archaeology Institute, the Shaanxi History Museum, the Xi’an Museum, the Xianyang Museum, and the Xixiang County Museum.