In Times Square, one kind of ancient religious legacy is about to make way for another. “Warriors: Defenders of China’s First Emperor,” a new exhibition of artifacts, including 10 of the terracotta soldiers created more than 2,000 years ago to protect China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, in his afterlife, will open at Discovery Times Square on West 44th Street on April 27. The new exhibition, which succeeds a popular show featuring examples of the Dead Sea Scrolls, will also include a set of gates from an ancient Han burial chamber, never before publicly displayed, and 20 other artifacts that will be shown in the United States for the first time, among dozens of other pieces.
The vast system of imperial burial vaults containing some 6,000 life-size terracotta figures of soldiers and horses was discovered accidentally in 1974, outside the city of Xian, and the site has long been one of China’s top tourist attractions. Examples of the terracotta figures have traveled to the United States previously, but this will be the first time they will be shown in New York City.
The exhibition, which is expected to continue through the end of the summer, is being produced in partnership with China Institute, the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Provincial Museum Association. Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public at midnight on April 21.
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