Water fountain and interactive water powered machines in the background.
Dinos under the arches.
Pam and I have a friend who lives on Vashon Island near Seattle, Washington whom I had not seen since 2003. We knew that we would stop for a visit but neither of us had any real desire to go in to the city. What we learned as we go closer to having a real date for arrival was that there was a Terracotta Warrior exhibit in Seattle at the Pacific Science Center. Well, now we had a good reason to go to the city and it was the only thing we saw in Seattle. The exhibit was amazing. Non flash photography was encouraged and most people used their phones, however, I used a Canon PowerShot SX720 HS digital camera. It gave me the opportunity to get some amazing low light shots with very little blurring.
I found the shoes that these statues wear were pretty interesting in their detail.
There were a smaller set of different terracotta people and I enjoyed the amazing detail they were created with.
The color on the reproductions is also quite vivid and highlights so much of the detail of the statues.
There were many other 3rd century artifacts throughout the exhibit and I only took pictures of a few of them. The real jewel of the exhibit was the life size warriors and that is where my focus remained.
A beautiful bronze sword with scabbard , hilt, and pommel decorations all made of jade. The scabbard was likely made of wood or leather that rotted away.
Amazing ceramic pottery made to look like bronze.
Jade ornaments of mythical creatures who may have represented cardinal directions.
Highly stylized ceramic ornament adorned with bird designs.
Precious metal bells for spiritual/ceremonial use. The caption suggests that these items were designed and made of materials due to influences from foreign cultures. It is unclear if these cultural shifts are from trade, conquest or both.
A bronze pike blade used to penetrate the stone and leather armor worn by soldiers.
The business end of the crossbow; bronze bolts. Note the lack of fletching that rotted away.
Coins from different states and time periods. The large circular object surrounded by coins is a mold for making bronze coins.
This is a reconstruction of a chariot drawn by two horses.
A model of the Emperor’s Palace
To finish this post here are some pictures of stone armor like what is depicted on the terracotta statues.