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Meet the Terracotta Warriors: Armored general

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Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), terracotta, H. 198 cm (7715⁄16 in), Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1980, Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi 000847

Call me top brass. I’m larger than my men, and my garb reflects my rank. In real life, my cap would have had tail feathers from a pheasant known as he, the bravest bird around. My hands once rested on a sword. A moustache and muttonchops add to my dignity—and authority.

Rank: Alpha dog
Origin: Pit 1
Quantity: 9 excavated
Position: Standing, left of a chariot
Features: Ribbons, cap, moustache

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

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