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Meet the Terracotta Warriors: Charioteer

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Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), terracotta, H. 194 cm (76 3⁄8 in), Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1983, Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi 02530

You wouldn’t know my job by my face. But in person, it’s plain to see. My arms are both outstretched to hold the reins of my four horses. As an officer, it took me four years to master driving a chariot, a skill highly valued by the Qin state. It’s exhausting—but the horsepower is a rush.

Origin: Pit 1
Quantity: 140 excavated
Position: Between 2 guards
Weapon: 4 horses
Features: Outstretched arms

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

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