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Meet the Terracotta Warriors: Cavalryman

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Qin dynasty (221–206 BCE), terracotta, H. 180 cm (70 7⁄8 in), Qin Shihuang tomb complex, 1977, Qin Shihuang Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Shaanxi 02531

Giddy-up! You can tell my job by my short armor and pleated skirt, designed for easy riding. My right hand once clasped my horse’s reins; I likely held a crossbow in my left hand. The imperial Qin cavalry was a revolutionary shift in early warfare. I saw my chance and jumped on it.

Origin: Pit 2
Quantity: 116 horses/cavalrymen excavated
Position: In neat formation
Weapon: Crossbow, likely
Features: Short armor, pleated skirt

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

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