Monday, 4 February 2008

Bags and terracotta soldiers

I bought myself this bag last week from Paperchase

but in order to stop my daughter pinching it, I had to make her this! Actually, I thoroughly enjoyed making it as it was a great diversion from an exhausting day starting my new course.

Last week Hubs and I had tickets to see the Terracotta Army exhibition at the British Museum .

About 30 years ago a farmer digging in NW china found a terracotta head, which led to not only the discovery of the terracotta army guarding the tomb of China's first emperor, but also entertainers, civil officials, chairots, birds, horses - in fact a whole underground kingdom guarded by the terracotta army.

Every soldier is individual. The detail is fantastic. Each one is approximately 6 ft tall.
The soldiers would have originally been fully painted. One has been found with his face painted green.This armour is made from stone. Not for normal battle but to protect the emperor in the after life.

These horses were excavated from the first pit in 1977.

If you can still get tickets I would thoroughly recommend a visit.


Celia said...

I must get up to see that exhibition before it's too late.

I must get round to trying Lesley's sugar and vinegar recipe.

And I must let Leslie know I've tagged her!


Kentish Maid said...

Great exhibition. Tony and I went last November, and I made lots of drawings from the statues with armour. And as for that stone armour - just amazing.

MargaretR said...

Your little pink book is a great idea!
I would love to see the exhibition it looks so inspirational. You could use each one of your photos to create something beautiful from the ideas.