The Soldiers of Eternity

Pinacotheque of Paris presents the mythical army of terracotta discovered in 1974.
The land of Shaanxi has long concealed a fabulous secret. The legend had survived for centuries that Qin Shihuangdi, the first emperor of China, had built his final resting place in this region of China, approximately 35 kilometers from the city of Xi'an. Better still than a grave, he is is based in a real palace 210 Before Christ. A mythical mound that had never been searched. he had raised an army to stand guard at his residence eternal. The archaeologist Victor Segalen, arrived at the site in 1914, had questioned what might reveal these fields since 2000 years back. " And he said, it seems, among the peasants of the area that the soil contained clay deities. The truth should come out of a well, one of the region's people digging near the tomb of the emperor in March 1974 when they began on the day the first signs of battalions who slept there. The Pinacoteca de Paris will host a score of some 7000 soldiers who were trained this terracotta army of Qin Shihuangdi and allow the public to discover, or rediscover, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the past century. From 400000 to 500000 people are expected to take this opportunity to approach a myth. Since the revelation of its existence, this cohort of warriors has continued to fascinate. Periodically, small squads roam the world and its museums. Since 1976, two soldiers and a horse went on mission to Japan. More recently, in the winter of 2000-2001, some of these soldiers were in the past faction in the exhibition dedicated to the glory of the emperors at the Petit Palais in Paris, which had attracted 211378 visitors in 77 days. In the summer months, another event at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco attracted more than 50000 people. As for the British Museum, by devoting the last few months exposure to the first emperor, he drew 850619 visitors. On the same site of the discovery, it is not less than 2 million visitors who flock every year, Chinese for more than 80% of them. "It does not come back from there without being in shock," says Marc Restellini, director of the Picture Gallery. We are suprised by the vision of these columns immobile in their trenches land as much as in the poignant jumble of soldiers who have not yet been restored. In China, the multitude of warriors is very impressive. Until Sept. 14, at the Pinacoteca de Paris, visitors can be measured closely with a small delegation of proud soldiers. In a darkness recalled that the atmosphere of Chinese tanks, a senior officer kneeling archers or infantrymen will surround  visitor who can admire their strong constitution they can grow up to 1.90 m and enjoy their serene air, the limit of melancholy. These warlords will also be accompanied by an acrobat and a musician. The latest excavation of archaeological site have indeed revealed that the terracotta escort of Qin Shihuangdi was not formed as soldiers, but also of artists.
It is true that the emperor wanted to be together for eternity "with a representation of the world in which he lived," says Alain Thote, historian and archaeologist specialist in préimpériale China, which provides the Commission with this exhibition Lothar von Falkenhausen, professor at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).  The soldiers, as well as a hundred bronze vases, coins or objects of jade, most of them from the Museum of Art and History of Shaanxi Province, told the power and beauty of the world This sovereign, the first to have done so, in 221 BC -. C, the unity of China. The Pinacotheque said that Qin Shihuangdi had a vast territory. His burial was a reflection.

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