Terracota soldier from the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi (d. 210 BCE). Each terracotta soldier was sculpted with individual features and armor suited to their position in the army. PHOTO BY YIXUAN SHUKE.
The uncovering of thousands of clay statues that were buried in 210 BCE during the Qin dynasty has taught archaeologists and other scholars about classes of soldiers, beliefs of the period, and skills of craftspeople. The clay army,