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6. General
Excavated from the Mausoleum of Qinshihuang, near Xi©am, in 1976
Qin dynasty, 221 - 206 BCE
height 192 cm


The authoritative figure, which once held a sword, represents a commander in the army of Qin Shi Huangdi. He wears a chest guard, possibly made of lacquered leather, which descends from his shoulders to cover his upper arms, and his lower body is protected by fish-scale armor connected with laces to allow for freedom of movement. His intricate bird-shaped headdress, which ties under his chin, identifies him as a general.

Museum of the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses of Qinshihuang, Shaanxi Province

Detail: fish-scale armor

Detail: head

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