Real World Background
The Terracotta Warriors were part of the tomb of the Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (221-210 B.C.), near the city of Xi'an. Over 8,000 of these terracotta statues were made, each sculpted to look like an individual soldier. (While these are the best-known statues in Qin Shi Huangdi's tomb, the tomb also contains statues of acrobats, dancers, musicians, and even a model of the Emperor's chariot.) They were discovered in 1974 by a Chinese farmer named Yang Zhifa, and since then have become one of the most famous finds in archaeological history.
- Terracotta Warriors at Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia