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In a manner of speaking, that is.
Of course, we are talking about the famous terracotta figures of warriors and horses of the First Chinese Emperor Qin, the controversial ruler who was responsible for the unification of China. The reproductions of more than 150 lifesize statues and 1,000 soldiers in battle formation has been touring around Germany for the last five years. Now, to the delight of many, the pack has come to Austria.
The ground floor of the Vienna Künstlerhaus in the First District paves the way for the replicas, which consist of infantrymen, generals, officers, and archers, plus eight horses from the original figures. The “Terrakotta Armee” exhibit kicked off this past Sunday and will run until August 26, 2007.
The two-millennia-old statues on which the replicas are based are considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World by UNESCO. In order to make the exhibit more interesting, it also features mannequins of Chinese women wearing then-fashionable dresses. Expect lots of satin and velvet.
The entrance fee is €12, with reductions available for seniors, students, and children. Kids under 6 enter for free. The Künstlerhaus is located at Karlsplatz 5. It is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and is closed on Mondays. Telephone: +43-01 587- 9663.