The figures were also originally painted with bright pigments, variously coloured in pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white and lilac. The coloured lacquer finish, individual facial features, and actual weapons used in producing these figures created a realistic appearance.
Most of the original weapons were thought to have been looted shortly after the creation of the army, or have rotted away, and the colour coating has flaked off or greatly faded. However, their existence serves as a testament to the amount of labor and skill involved in their construction.
If you have not visited the Asian Civilisations Museum to see the Terracotta Warriors, do so before this fine exhibition finishes on October 16.
24 Jun 2011 - 16 Oct 2011