Clay warriors and other works from ancient China to visit Bowers
The Terra Cotta Warriors set an attendance record by drawing 210,000 visitors to Santa Ana’s Bowers Museum in 2008; now the Bowers is going back to the same well –- actually it’s a huge burial pit -– for “Warriors, Tombs and Temples,” opening Oct. 1.
The exhibition will feature four more of the charismatic, life-size clay figures created to attend Qin, China’s first emperor, in the afterlife (the 2008 show had 17, the most ever sent to the United States). The upcoming exhibition includes nearly 200 works besides the warriors, taken from ancient Chinese tombs and monasteries.
While the previous show, “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor,” focused solely on Qin, who ruled from 221 to 206 BC, this one will range more widely, with artifacts from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD 8 ) and the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 to 907). They include smaller clay warriors from the tomb of Gaozu, a Han emperor, and ornamental objects from the Tang Dynasty.
The show will run five months, through March 4, 2012, then move to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Suzanne Cahill, an adjunct professor of history at UC San Diego, is guest curator and author of the exhibition catalog. Admission is $21 weekdays and $23 weekends, with discounts for seniors, students and children under 18.
-- Mike Boehm
Photo: Terra Cotta Warriors at Bowers Museum in 2008. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times