March 21, 2010

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By: coolboy On: Sunday, March 21, 2010
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  • what is Terracotta?

    Terracotta is a ceramic material that has been used for building construction and decorative arts since ancient times in cultures around the world. Terracotta, which literally means "baked earth," is made from natural clay, which gives it a characteristic reddish-brown color. The color varies slightly depending on the clay used. Terracotta may be glazed for extra durability or to provide color. It is a waterproof and very sturdy material, and many ancient terracotta sculptures are still in excellent shape.

    was widely used in the decorative arts of ancient China, perhaps most famously in the tomb soldiers of 2nd century BCE emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. Terracotta vases and other sculptures are known from ancient Egypt, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, West Africa, and Central and North America. Terracotta pipe was also one of the oldest materials used in plumbing.
    Terracotta remains a popular material in the decorative arts as well, particularly pottery and sculpture. Unglazed, it is ideal for planters, as it is semi-permeable to air and water. It is also amenable to sculpting into rather elaborate designs

    Terracotta pots

    The Terracotta Army is the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of china. The Terracotta figures, dating from 210 BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers near XI'an, Shaanxi province, China near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The figures vary in height (183–195 cm - 6 ft–6 ft 5in), according to their role, the tallest being the generals. The figures include warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen, and musicians. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits. Many archeologists believe that there are many pits still waiting to be discovered.

    a lot more is there about terracotta will post you soon
    have a great week end


    1. these are amazing! great post, very interesting :) hope you had a great weekend!

    2. My garden is filled with terracotta pots. And I have one brick wall made of terracotta too.

    3. thanks for your sweet comment on my blog.
      noo... my sis ironed my hair. xD

    4. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I think this army is really fascinating :)

    5. Nice post! It's very useful and interesting to learn more about teracota!

    6. The terracota army is so beautiful!