‘Trea­sures of China’ at Mu­seum of Islamic Art

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Ali Akasha

The Mu­seum of Islamic Art in Doha is cur­rently host­ing and ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled “the Trea­sures of China,” which in­cludes the world-fa­mous Ter­ra­cotta Army stat­ues. Many civ­i­liza­tions through­out an­cient his­tory be­lieved in the af­ter­life. The an­cient Chi­nese were amongst them. Imag­ine one tomb guarded by an army of more than 8,000 stat­ues con­sist­ing of archers, in­fantry units, su­pe­rior of­fi­cers, and horsedriven char­i­ots. This is known as the Ter­ra­cotta Army. The tomb they guarded is the that of the first Em­peror of China Qin Shi Huang (r. 220 - 210 BCE), a suc­cess­ful war­lord who uni­fied China and es­tab­lished the Qin Dy­nasty. Nearby his mau­soleum, the stat­ues were placed in pits, hence serv­ing as fu­ner­ary stat­ues. In 1974, they were un­cov­ered by farm­ers in the Xi’an prov­ince. Most of these stat­ues are on dis­play in the mu­seum of the mau­soleum site in the same prov­ince.

Since the late 2000s, the Ter­ra­cotta Army have been loaned to many in­sti­tu­tions across the world. Qatar is now one of them. The ex­hi­bi­tion in Doha marks the Ter­ra­cotta Army’s de­but in the Mid­dle East. It will last un­til Jan­uary 7, 2017.

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