Wednesday 19 June 2019

Terracotta Army returns – despite battering of '87

The famous terracotta warriors of Xian, China
The famous terracotta warriors of Xian, China
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

A company of China's mighty Terracotta Army will invade Dublin's Ambassador Theatre next month.

Except this time it will be 150 replica terracotta soldiers and their trusty steeds that will be on display in a sunken tomb as part of an exhibition 'The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China'.

Back in 1987, some of the real soldiers of the Terracotta Army were left on Irish soil and in need of restoration when six of the artefacts were damaged by the collapse of scaffolding in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, where they were on display.

Organisers MCD have described the travelling show as the "biggest exhibition ever placed in the Ambassador". The exhibition opens on July 4.

"MCD is proud to bring The Terracotta Warriors Exhibition to Dublin," Noel McHale of MCD said. "This is as close as it gets to going to China to see the actual burial site."

The burial site where the Terracotta Army stands guard was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987 and is one of China's most popular tourist attractions – ranking alongside the Great Wall and Beijing's Forbidden City.

Irish Independent

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