9.22.2008

Confession: My Name is Ange and I’m a Museum Geek

Yup -- I love museums.

I saw the Terra Cotta Soldier

exhibit in London a few years ago, so I was excited to hear it
was traveling to Bower's in Santa Ana.

"The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army - an exploration of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century, giving an insight into China's First Emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, and his legacy."

There are 12 actual terra cotta soldiers on display; about 100 other pieces from the whole site including roofing, tools, etc. are also on display.

Here are some facts about the Terra Cotta Army:

-The 8,000 soldiers, which were made in 226 B.C. (then found in 1974 by some farmers), were created to guard the tomb of China's First Emperor – the Emperor had it built because he wanted to be protected in the afterlife. In addition to the army, there were over 150 chariots, 500 horses, and so much more that hasn't been uncovered yet.

-700,000 workers built this life-size army in an ENORMOUS catacomb in China. Nobody knows the exact amount of time it took to build.

The emperor has not been excavated yet…one day it'll happen… (this guy that Kim's with is a real guy...walking around...freaking people out with his Terra Cotta Soldier costume)

This is one of the 20th century's greatest archaeological finds, and often referred to as the Eight Wonder of the Ancient World. This is incredibly fascinating!!!!

I guess I'm a sucker for mysterious monuments and archaeological finds. I love Stonehedge, Easter Island, Roman Baths, Ollantaytambo, Atlantis, the Bermuda Triangle, etc etc etc. I'm SO curious to discover why, when, and how these crazy monuments and wonders began...If you want to see the exhibit it's at the Bower's Museum until Oct 16...check it out here.

2 comments:

PETE Di LALLO said...

Thanks for the reminder...we've been wanting to go since it was announced...

Stefan said...

Hey there again...

About the whole Bermuda Triangle idea... the 'triangle' is formed by the 3 points around the area: Key West (Florida), Puerto Rico and Bermuda. Although sometimes the markers can change, depending on the story, it's the same area still.

Since so many ships and planes have disapeared (crashed and sunken) it was believed that the area had an unnatural being, rather even paranormal behavior such as defying the laws of magnetics and physics. It's been awhile since ships have disapeared, and personally, I think it was usually due the the heigh rate of hurricanes in the area. Since no one could know before hand, monitor or communicate that well in the old times, they would just head on. Poor old-time explorers.