Terracotta warriors of China represent one of the great archeological discoveries of the 20th century. Shown here are miniature reproductions of two of the original 8,000 life-size warriors. The buried army was created at the order of China's first centralized emperor, Shi Huangdi (259-210 BCE). Over 70,000 laborers worked 36 years to produce the tomb and the statues meant to accompany the ruler in his mausoleum and - supposedly - protect him in the afterlife.
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