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Meet the Terracotta Warriors: Armored kneeling archer

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Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), terracotta, H. 218 cm (50 3⁄8 in) , Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1977, Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi 005504

Notice my painted face? Of 1,000 excavated soldiers, I’m the only one who has well-preserved pigment—on my face, scarf, and hair tie. It could be camouflage. Or it might signify my role as a military necromancer, a person who consults with the dead. Either way, I’m remarkable.

Origin: Pit 2
Quantity: 160 excavated
Position: Surrounded by standing archers
Weapon: Crossbow
Features: Pigment, posture

Meet the Armored kneeling archer in person, plus seven other Terracotta Warriors at “China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy.”

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