|Discover the Make-up of a Terra Cotta Warrior |
The Houston Museum of Natural Science reveals The Kneeling Archer
WHAT: The uncrating of The Kneeling Archer, one of 14 Terra Cotta Warriors which will be on display in Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor. China’s Terra Cotta Warriors are one of the most sensational archeological finds of all time, and it is now estimated that more than two million people a year travel to the city of Xi’an to view the thousands of life-size pottery figures unearthed in recent decades during on-going excavations, and dating to around 2,200 B.C.
WHO: Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Curator of Anthropology, Houston Museum of Natural Science
WHEN: Thursday, May 7, 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Drive, 77030
HOW: Contact Melodie Francis at 713-639-4743 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: Why was the Terra Cotta Army created and what was the process of making them? How long did it take to make the historical figures and how is each warrior distinctive? Dirk Van Tuerenhout explains the method of construction during this unique opportunity to photograph The Kneeling Archer, an evocative example of the warriors that will be on display when the exhibition opens to the public May 22.
Time Magazine recently declared Terra Cotta Warriors one of the top five “must see” museum exhibitions. The exhibit set attendance records when it was shown at the British Museum in London in 2007-08, and has already stopped at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. The special exhibition features 100 sets of objects, including 20 “Level I” artifacts (the highest possible ranking in terms of rarity and importance)—the most artifacts of that level to ever travel abroad for a single exhibition.
The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.