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Hot Art: Warrior Emperor Invades the ROM

A full-size terracotta "armoured general" (photo © Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau)

OPENS JUNE 26 Deep within China’s northern Shaanxi province 2,200 years ago, Emperor Ying Zheng was laid to rest in a tomb surrounded by nearly 8,000 life-sized warriors and military horses fashioned in clay. Uncovered in 1974 and considered one of history’s greatest archeological finds, artifacts from this UNESCO World Heritage Site have now marched into the Royal Ontario Museum. Its landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 pieces related to this ruler, including 10 full warrior figures, each a unique example of craftsmanship and preservation. The Emperor’s enormous tomb was originally constructed to reflect his achievements, and the ROM’s exhibit—the largest such display ever to be shown in North America—is sure to maintain that legacy.

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