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The figures’ intricate clothing, faces and hair, however, were sculpted by hand.Thousands and thousands of soldiers were made, yet no two were alike. Then a coat of lacquer was applied as a base for painting.
While the warriors’ torsos were built with coils of clay, their heads, arms, hands, legs and feet were made with molds.
It took more than 700,000 workers nearly 40 years to construct the mausoleum.
Researchers estimate that at least 1,000 of the workers were tasked just with creating the terracotta figures.
The Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibit includes more than 100 historical and cultural artifacts all on loan from the Chinese government, which are only for display in Seattle and Philadelphia.
It was crazy to think that I was about to spend an afternoon looking at the Terracotta Warriors, one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of our time.