Sometimes termed the eighth wonder of the world, the terracotta army of the first emperor of China will march to Vapriikki this year. The tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, from more than 2,000 years ago, was accidentally discovered in 1974. Subsequent archaeological digs have revealed almost 8,000 warriors arranged in battle formations based on the military strategies of the day.
The exhibition presents not only the bronze chariot of the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty and the magical soldiers guarding his tomb but also many other discoveries made in the tomb, alongside imperial treasures from both the Qin and Han dynasties. Included are precious items of jade, gold, and bronze. The ancient Chinese believed that life continues in much the same way after death. This is why the deceased were buried with the things they needed in life – that is, food, drink, entertainment items, and utility articles.
The Chinese partners in the creation of this exhibition are the Shaanxi Provincial Cultural Relics Bureau and the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Centre.
The Terracotta exhibition has its own Mobile Guide application in Finnish, English and Russian. It includes an audio guide and further textual information on the objects and themes of the exhibition.
To access the application, you can use your own smart phone or other device with an internet access, or borrow a mini tablet and/or headphones by leaving a photo ID as warranty.
The Mobile Guide application can be used either in the 3 G network or Vapriikki’s free Wi-Fi network. Log-in access codes are available at the information desk.