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Artifacts from China's three powerful dynasties on display in U.S. city of Houston


13:25, March 29, 2012

HOUSTON, March 28 (Xinhua) -- An exhibition, "Warriors, Tombs, and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy," was inaugurated Wednesday at the fourth largest U.S. city of Houston.

The exhibition will give local residents a rare opportunity to view about 200 valuable pieces of artifacts, including the famous Terra Cotta Warriors, from China's three most powerful dynasties.

Officials from the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston and representatives from various businesses attended the opening ceremony held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the local sponsor of the exhibit.

Making their debut in the United States, the 200 incredibly preserved ancient works of art featured newly-discovered artifacts unearthed from imperial, royal and elite tombs, as well as from beneath Buddhist monasteries in and around the capital cities of three Chinese dynasties, namely, the Qin dynasty, the Han dynasty and the Tang dynasty, all located near the modern Chinese city of Xi'an in Shaanxi province.

The exhibition featured four of the famous life-size Terra Cotta Warriors, protectors of China's first emperor Qin Shihuang, whose mausoleum complex is considered the eight wonder of the world. Among the warriors, the rarest one is a Terra Cott Warrior whose face was painted green. The warrior has rarely been on display even in China.

Smaller in scale but equally impressive are the terra cotta warriors from the imperial tomb complex of Han emperor Gaozu. Objects from the Tang dynasty include gold dragons, fine ornaments, an exquisite tomb demon and other luxuries.

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