Posted on January 28th, 2011 by .

Montreal Buzz visited The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to get an exclulsive look at the uncrating of China’s incredible 2000-year-old Terracotta Army Warriors…

The Terracotta Army was discovered in 1974 in a well in eastern China. Often referenced as the eighth wonder of the world, the site was added to the official list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1987. The soldiers were buried over 2,000 years ago with the first emperor of China, whose name was Qin. He specifically stated that no two soldiers were to be made alike. The head, arms, legs and torsos were created separately and then assembled. Studies show that eight face moulds were most likely used and then clay was added to provide individual facial features. The terracotta life-size and life-like figures were placed in the pits in precise military formation according to rank and duty.

They vary in height, uniform and hairstyle in accordance with rank. The coloured lacquer finish, individual facial features and actual weapons and armour from battle used in manufacturing these figures created a realistic appearance. The exhibition features 10 life-sized complete terracotta figures and one wonderful horse.

It is open to the public from February 11-June 26.



The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1380 Sherbrooke West

(514) 285-1600


  1. Iouri Goussev

    / Jan 30th

    Wow, terracotta army invades Montreal 😉

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