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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Hosts the Terracotta Army

On June 27th Ancient Digger reported that The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will host the Canadian premiere of The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army from June 26, 2010. There has now been a change to the venue.

UPDATE: Chinese officials' enforcement of government policy is limiting the time the terracotta warriors can travel out of the country to one year.

Therefore, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) will be the FINAL stop for The  Warrior Emperor as tour dates that followed (at the Glenbow Museum in  Calgary and the Royal BC Museum in Victoria BC) were cancelled in late  September.

On view from February 12 to June 26, 2011 at the MMFA, The Warrior  Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army features the largest collection of  artifacts ever displayed in North America related to Qin Shihuangdi, the  First Emperor of a unified China. Nearly 1/3 of the 240 remarkable  objects including funerary figurines; paintings and sculptures;  architectural elements; arms and armor; ornaments in jade and gold, and  earthenware objects excavated from the largest burial complex in China  (the greatest archeological site in the 20th century since King Tut’s  tomb) have never been before on public display internationally.

Highlights on view at the MMFA include the following national treasures  and newly discovered artifacts dating as far back as 2,200 years:

The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army showcases one of the  most significant archaeological finds in history: the 1974 discovery,  in Shaanxi province in north-central China, of thousands of life-sized  terracotta sculptures of Chinese warriors. These extraordinary figures,  along with countless treasures yet to be uncovered in the elaborate  underground tomb complex of China’s First Emperor, were created 2,200  years ago, during the Qin dynasty. 

Read More about the MMFA's Exhibition of The Warrior Emperor and China's Terracotta Army
Via The Montreal Museum of Fine Art

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