The Horses are Staring at Me

Breezed through the Terracotta Army exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts yesterday. An underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta figures
was discovered in 1974. The terracotta army was created to accompany the first emperor of China to the afterlife. 130 works – large and small – from the archeological find are included in the exhibition. Some of the small works in bronze may be more impressive than the large terracota works. The objects date from 770-210 BC.

Terracotta Army is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Art Museum, in partnership with Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau, Shaanxi History Museum (Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center), and Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum of the People’s Republic of China. The exhibition is curated by Li Jian, VMFA E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art, and Hou-mei Sung, Cincinnati Art Museum Curator of Asian Art.

See, they’re staring at me.
A steely gaze, with nary a neigh.
A happy soldier – or is that an expression of inscrutability?
My pink pony… I guess this is how the My Little Pony franchise started, circa 210 BC.

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