Hate to say that it took 10 years for us to finally check out the "new" location of the Asian Art Museum, and it's much more incredible than we all had thought.
Last night we attended the preview party for the Asian Art Museum's new show China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy (Feb 22 - May 27) featuring 10 life-sized terracotta soldiers which were hand-crafted in approx. 300 BC to protect China's first Emperor, Qin Shihuang in the afterlife... In 1974 they excavated this massive site where thousands of statues were discovered where these originated.
We waited in a long line for some drinks (later discovered the shorter cafe line), we listened to the energetic Extra Action Marching Band, we checked out the incredible terracotta soldiers, but the best part was taking in just a small piece of the museum's massive collection of Asian artifacts. With only 20 minutes before the night was to conclude, we raced to the 5th floor and tripped out on the Southeast Asia collection.
Extra Action Marching Band going for it amongst the crowd. Love these guys and gals.
300 years before Jesus, these sculptures were hand crafted... thousands of them.
Meant to protect the Emperor in the afterlife.
At the time they were buried, they were hand painted in bright colors but the paint almost instantly faded when excavated.
Thanks for the generous pour of wine, cafe peoples.
5th floor south east Asia artifacts.
These were incredible and the photo doesn't do justice. Approx 10" wide with much detail.
This guy has got the proper pose and donated his large collection to the museum.
Much better viewed in person.
A favorite of ours till...
This incredible stone sculpture was discovered.
A fan favorite. Attacking monkeys.
The rooms kept coming.
A little belly surgery?
Time to artifact.
Best flower pot ever. I want.
Time to go, and too much to see... We'll be back.
This is the excavation site in China. Only a 3rd have been excavated.
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