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PIT ONE- Work in Progress

 

The patterns on their uniforms signified their rank or type of soldier they were. You can see the joins where they have been put back together as the majority had been damaged prior to being found. As the pieces are unearthed they are numbered and the numbers signify which area they were found in.  The completed figures can then be placed back where they were found, once they are satisfied that all usable pieces have been used. These were standing together at the end of pit one waiting to be placed back.

No warrior has the same face and were modeled from real people, as the emperor wanted a realistic army in the afterlife. It is said that once the workers had exhausted their supply of faces they then started to mix and match using different elements of the already completed figures. The emperor also  ensured that the figures  were just over average height so he had a super army to protect him.

PIT ONE- Work in Progress

 

The patterns on their uniforms signified their rank or type of soldier they were. You can see the joins where they have been put back together as the majority had been damaged prior to being found. As the pieces are unearthed they are numbered and the numbers signify which area they were found in.  The completed figures can then be placed back where they were found, once they are satisfied that all usable pieces have been used. These were standing together at the end of pit one waiting to be placed back.

No warrior has the same face and were modeled from real people, as the emperor wanted a realistic army in the afterlife. It is said that once the workers had exhausted their supply of faces they then started to mix and match using different elements of the already completed figures. The emperor also  ensured that the figures  were just over average height so he had a super army to protect him.

comments (12)

  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 19 Jun 2008, 01:12
The more I learn about this "wonder of the world," Aussie, the more I marvel over it.
Aussie: The farmer who discovered the first head while digging a well is still alive and visits the site for a few hours almost every day. He must shake his head to think of what that one head lead to.
  • FLOOG
  • INCOGNITO (WHEREVER THAT IS!)
  • 19 Jun 2008, 07:04
What I'd give to see these myself. Super photo and excellent info to accompany it.
Aussie: Thank you Paul it is well worth the trip just to see these.
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 19 Jun 2008, 08:02
'Walk on. walk on, with hope in your heart, and you'll never...'
I think Ginne has summed it up perfectly.
Aussie: I agree.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Jun 2008, 08:56
excellent it still amazes me thanks for all of this info
Aussie: I have a lovely book that I purchased, if ever we get to nights again I'll bring it in.
I've seen this twice today - once on the Thursday Theme. I could spend a long time here.
Aussie: That is the only problem with being on an organised tour is the time restraints, but as we didn't speak any chinese it was nescessary.
Great capture Aussie! Thanks for the interesting and informative words going with it!
Aussie: Thank you Richard, these were only discovered in the 1970's which in itself is pretty amazing considering the size of the site. The farmer who found the first on is in his 80's now.
this is really great blogging aussie
Aussie: thank you kindly DrAW
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 19 Jun 2008, 20:01
excellent conversion Aussie and a great description toosmile
Aussie: Thanks Tim, have some friends who are keen photographers coming at the weekend so hope to try some slow shutterspeeds. Will be well pleased if they are half as good as yours.
You caught some excellent details. Nicely done. And what great insight into another world.
Aussie: Thank you Alexandra for you visits and comments.
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Very nice work in B&W!

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