X'ian Warriors Aligned by phil decocco

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In X’ian, China, the amazing discovery was made of thousands of terra cotta warriors, made over two thousand years ago by order of the Emperor Qin, and buried in a tomb. Some farmers digging a well fell through the hole and into the chamber below. They are in outstanding condition given their age.


xian, china, terra cotta warriors, army ranks, emperor qins army, buried treasure

Just a retired old guy who loves looking for an eclectic mix of subjects to photograph, from people, to places, to concepts, and enjoys all aspects of the hunt, the find, and the shot, plus dabbling in the post production.

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  • laruecherie
    laruecherieabout 2 years ago

    Wow, that is sooo interesting. Great description and nicely captured.

  • thanks for your comment, sheri! These are the most amazing artifacts, and there are about 6,000 of them , plus carts, horses, livestock and a host of other figures. It was the emperor’s belief that he needed all of his earthly possessions with him in the next life, hence, these were all made for that purpose. Might be fun to google them and learn more

    – phil decocco

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • audrey
    thanks for your note on these wonderful artifacts and destination treasure

    – phil decocco

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 2 years ago

  • WA
    Thanks so very much for featuring this one!

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Phil – i would love to see these

  • Shulie
    You might check out on line where a current roadshow is going in NorthAmerica. But the impact of seeing rank on rank of them still in the pits they were dug from is incredible

    – phil decocco

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 2 years ago

    Seeing them in a sterile museum environment is not quite the same somehow

  • So true, next best is a ticket to X’ian and the real thing!

    – phil decocco

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoabout 2 years ago

    How fabulous for you to have been there and captured this image! I remember reading about them when they were first discovered I think it said every one of the soldiers’ / guards’ faces were different – as though modeled after real people. Intesting that your shot shows some have lost their heads! Remarkable!! RBers are certainly the eyes of the world. Thank you for sharing your travels with those of us armchair travelers!
    Cordially, Ellen

  • Ellen
    First, thanks for your kind words and support. As for the Terra Cotta Warriors, they are a marvel. There are about 6,000 of them, equestrians, archers, spear men, and these foot soldiers. The bodies are all the same, the heads are different and have an elongated neck that drops down into the hole you see in the headless ones. That made making them much easier. They told us that only a small fraction of the site has been excavated and that there is much more still buried in the land around this location. Included items are chariots, livestock, various kinds of implements. Qin, the Emperor, believed he needed everything he had in this life in the next, hence the need to create all this. Originally, each warrior had some weapon in its hands, bows and arrows, spears etc. An uprising of farmers occurred during Qin’s life when they still knew about the tomb,and they broke in to steal the weapons to use in fighting the Emperor’s forces.

    – phil decocco

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoabout 2 years ago

    Fascinating that the rulers of china had the same theories regarding the afterlife as the Egyptian dynastic rulers – filling their tombs with impulsive necessary to carry on thei lifestyle. Who says you can’t take it with you! I hadn’t heard about the theft of the weapons to overthrow the empires. How ironic!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 2 years ago

    fine image great work

  • thanks martina, it was quite an experience to stand there and look down into the pits to see these figures

    – phil decocco

  • davvi
    davviabout 2 years ago

    great work,you have been to Xi an? it is a beautiful and ancient city.

  • davvi
    I have been to Xi’an, and would agree it’s a wonderful and beautiful place. Would love to return soon

    – phil decocco

  • waddleudo
    waddleudoabout 2 years ago

    I was writing to you from my iPhone while traveling and the system kept trying to change words I was using so “implements” became “impulsive” for some reason and “emperor” became “empires”! Anyway – this shot is marvelous and I can only imagine what it must have been like to actually be there!

  • ellen
    not to worry I figured it out!

    – phil decocco

  • ellen,
    ps I find that feature very annoying. if you don’t want that, go into “General” and look for the keyboard and turn off the “correct spelling.”

    – phil decocco

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