Warriors Invade British Museum

Terracotta warriors travel to London for landmark exhibition
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2007 12:48 PM CDT
The first of the Terracotta army figures that will be exhibited at the British Museum, are carefully unpacked from its cargo case in the reading room of the museum in central London Tuesday Aug.21, 2007....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – British papers have been absorbed with stories of Chinese hackers, but another set of Chinese warriors has invaded London: the millennia-old terracotta statues that guard the tomb of Qin Shihuangdi. The Telegraph is presenting a preview of the British Museum's The First Emperor, an exhibition years in the making that has sold record number of advance tickets.

Only 20 of the 1,000 statues from the tomb in Xi'an have traveled to London: "more a terracotta platoon" than an army, the Telegraph's critic suggests. Nevertheless public interest is through the roof, and organizers are expecting audiences to rival the British Museum's famous King Tut show 35 years ago.