The terracotta soldiers, nearly 2-meters-tall and weighing 125-200 kilos, are positioned in individual open cases, in various martial poses.
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When farmers in China's Shaanxi province unearthed an underground army of nearly 8,000 life-size terracotta soldiers, it was considered one of the 20th century's greatest archaeological finds. More than four decades later, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has 10 of these figures on display in an exhibition that explores the history of ancient China and the reign of its first emperor, Ying Zheng. The exhibition explores the life of Ying Zheng, who declared himself Qin Shihuang, the first emperor, and how he influenced China during his reign (221-210 B.C.).Museum director Alex Nyerges said the exhibition drew 40,000 visitors during its first two weeks in Richmond, putting it on a path to become one of the museum's most popular.
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