China’s famous Terracotta Army to be displayed in Peru

China’s renowned Terracotta Army will be exhibited in Peru’s capital, Lima, in 2010, China’s ambassador to Peru, Gao Zhengye, told state news agency Andina on Wednesday.

“We will exchange exhibits,” said Zhengye. “An important exhibit will travel from China to Peru, and Peru will do the same in Beijing.”

The Terracotta Army – considered the eighth wonder of the Ancient World – is comprised of unique and life-size warriors and horses, dating back to 210 BC. It was discovered in 1974 by local farmers who dug a well near Xi’an, Shanxi province.

Built by more than 70,000 workers for China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, the tomb was once filled with legendary treasures, and more than 8,000 life-size clay warriors, horses and chariots.

As part of the intercultural exchange deal, Peru could lend China an important collection of Mochica artifacts, Andina reported.

The Moche civilization, or Mochica culture, flourished in northern Peru from about AD 100 to AD 800. They are particularly noted for their elaborate painted ceramics, goldwork, and irrigation systems.

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