Te Papa Welcomes the Terracotta Warriors

Te Papa is set to launch an exciting new exhibition, which features the 2,300-year-old Chinese Terracotta Warriors.

Ten figures have been put on loan to the Wellington Museum and the exhibit is currently being installed by an expert team. The exhibition has been entitled Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality and includes an impressive array of features for visitors to enjoy.

Eight life-sized warriors, two horses and over 160 exquisite treasures from imperial tombs are on display alongside a contemporary response to the ancient warriors by New Zealand artist Kerry Ann Lee. The artist was commissioned to create the immersive installation Return to Skyland which offers a fresh take on the historical heroes and will be displayed within the exhibition space of Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality.

The Terracotta Warriors were one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century and are an eighth wonder of the world. The exhibition’s curator Dr Rebecca Rice has spoken in depth about the fantastic opportunity Kiwis have been given to experience history up close. “At Te Papa, we’re offering visitors an immersive and intimate experience – a chance to see the terracotta warriors up close in breath-taking detail.”

The exhibition will open on the 15th December and will run through summer until the 22nd April 2019.