Thursday, October 15, 2009

Terracotta Warriors, China

For quite some time ive been wanting to have a card with the Terracotta Warriors and there it is!!! I simply love this card and think that this site is just more than amazing!!

The terracotta figures (warriors and horses) of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, which date back from the 210 BC,  were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near the mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor.
The terracotta figures vary in height (183–195 cm)  according to their role, the tallest being the generals. The figures include strong warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.

The four pits associated with the dig are about 1.5 km east of the burial ground and are about 7 meters deep. The outside walls of the tomb complex are as if placed there to protect the tomb from the east, where all the conquered states lay. They are solidly built with rammed earth walls and ground layers as hard as concrete. Pit one, (represented on the card) is 230 meters long, and contains the main army, estimated at 8,000 figures. It  has 11 corridors, most of which are over 3 meters wide, and paved with small bricks with a wooden ceiling supported by large beams and posts. This design was also used for the tombs of noblemen and would have resembled palace hallways. The wooden ceilings were covered with reed mats and layers of clay for waterproofing, and then mounded with more soil making them, when built, about 2 to 3 meters higher than ground level.

this site is also a new UNESCO whs in my collection!

and here come 4 lovely stamps on the card! these represent the whole set of 4 stamps from the Zhuxian Woodprint New Year Picture series.
the first one is called "Gate Guardian General Standing with Cane". the second one bears the title " Give Her Son a Lecture". the third stamp is called " Come Back With Fruitful Result" while the 4th and last one is titled "Chivalrous Women"!


Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

beautiful stamps !!!

Dani said...

been there as well! ахх..прекрасно ама се беше на брзање...тие турите се такви, трчаш како луда и не можеш баш ќеифски да го осетеш местото...;)))
ти посакувам еден ден да имаш шанса да ја посетеш кина....