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Old June 1st, 2012, 05:56 PM   #1

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Terra-Cotta Army: True Colors


Terra-Cotta Army: True Colors
National Geographic Magazine| June 2012| Vol. 221|No. 6| Page 74
By Brook Larmer
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In an earthen pit in central China, under what used to be their village’s persimmon orchard, three middle-aged women are hunched over an ancient jigsaw puzzle. Yang Rongrong, a cheerful 57-year-old with a pageboy haircut, turns over a jagged piece in her callused hands and fits it into the perfect spot. The other women laugh and murmur their approval, as if enjoying an afternoon amusement in their village near the city of Xian. What Yang and her friends are doing, in fact, is piecing together the 2,200-year-old mystery of the terra-cotta army, part of the celebrated (and still dimly understood) burial complex of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di.
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Old June 1st, 2012, 06:08 PM   #2

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TJ,that is fantasic! Thank you.

I visited Xian in 1985,and saw the entombed warriors.They were terra cotta coloured and knocked my socks off. Seeing them in their original colours is wonderful.
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TJ,that is fantasic! Thank you.

I visited Xian in 1985,and saw the entombed warriors.They were terra cotta coloured and knocked my socks off. Seeing them in their original colours is wonderful.
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Qin terracotta soldiers were painted with very flashy colors. They did not have the uniform dark and imposing colors as according to stereotype.

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Similar colours and designs were on sale in applique folk art when I visited Xian. Mostly small items such as say tote bags, cushion covers etc. I bought quite few; good authentic souvenir-gifts,unusual and cheap.
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I saw the traveling exhibit when it was at the "High" in Atlanta. I was struck by the facial features. The tour audio tape says no two faces are the same in the entire collection.
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Can anyone tell what is the thing on top of the Terra Cotta Army? Is it a hair style? Are those common among Chinese people or just limited to Qin only?

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I was fortunate enough to visit Xian and the terracotta army in 2004. At that time further excavation of the site had stopped because of the paint issue. A soon as the paint was exposed to air it flaked off. There were a couple of figures that had been repainted with modern paint to give an idea of their original appearance, but the boffins were hard at work looking for a way to preserve the orginal paint. It seems they may be succeeding.
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Can anyone tell what is the thing on top of the Terra Cotta Army? Is it a hair style? Are those common among Chinese people or just limited to Qin only?
It is a hair style common to the Chinese people until the Qing dynasty, who gave the queue order. From ancient times the Chinese did not cut their hair, but it is unpractical to let long hair fall loose Legolas-style. Ergo, the knob. The type of hair knob within the Qin army also depicts one's rank.
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It is a hair style common to the Chinese people until the Qing dynasty, who gave the queue order. From ancient times the Chinese did not cut their hair, but it is unpractical to let long hair fall loose Legolas-style. Ergo, the knob. The type of hair knob within the Qin army also depicts one's rank.
One question. Since I saw the hair style, I've always been curious about which make the Korean Sangtu ("상투") differ from it.

The picture below is a typical Chosen style which has been traced back to very old times like "魋結" in Shiji and "魁頭露紒" in
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