80 Terracotta Chinese warrior sculptures appeared on Zagreb’s main Ban Josip Jelačić square on Monday as preparations for Chinese New Year celebrations in the Croatian capital got underway…
The sculptures on Zagreb’s square are inspired by The Terracotta Army or the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, which is a famous collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.
The figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals.
The figures include warriors, chariots and horses. Estimates from 2007 were that the three pits containing the Terracotta Army held more than 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which remained buried in the pits nearby Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum.
Chinese New Year 2016 is celebrated across the world and begins on 8 February 2016.