Terra Cotta Warriors

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Qin Terra Cotta Warriors
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The word Qin is pronounced ch'in (rhymes with tin).

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Over 80 million people have visited the museum complex since it opened to the public a quarter century ago. 

How they were made

The warrior statues are hand made and assembled in parts. The heads were the last to be attached and received the most artistic attention. Each warrior bears a unique facial expression, suggesting that live models were used.

Height and weight

The pottery human figures average 1.8 meters (six feet) in height. Their weight range is about 100 to 300 kilograms (220 to 660 pounds).

Nearby mound

Emperor Qin is believed to be buried under an enormous earth mound about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) from the terra cotta warrior site.

Archaeologists have yet to excavate it. Ancient writings hint that Qin's mausoleum may contain a wealth of artistic treasures, more striking and precious than those found in King Tut's tomb.

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