ASTANA – Astana visitors and residents have the opportunity to see a part of a unique historical monument that originates from the Chinese Qin dynasty. Four statues of the world-known Terracotta Army are being exhibited until Sept. 10 at the National Museum of Kazakhstan. The statues are among more than 80 items on display, including weapons, household items, gold and silver jewellery.
“This exhibition is being conducted between the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, and Chinese Ministry of Culture within the framework of the bilateral memorandum. The exhibition is unique for its authentic exhibits dating from two hundred years before our era,” said Ministry of Culture and Sports Committee representative Kuanyshbek Mukhangaliyev.
The Terracotta Army was built and designed by the order of the Chinese emperor in the third century BC. The statues were to accompany the ruler in the spirit world as protectors. Each of the 8,000 statues is a work of art with its own unique features. The archaeological discovery is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“For us, for the Chinese, it’s like a bridge between the past and the future. Our young people learn about the ancient history of China through it. I would like that Kazakh citizens have the opportunity to see such amazing historical artefacts too,” said Exhibition Curator Shan Shin Shun.
China and Kazakhstan are also negotiating to display Kazakh relics in China, including the legendary Golden Man.