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“Ancient Greeks ‘may have inspired China’s Terracotta Army”

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Ancient Greeks ‘may have inspired China’s Terracotta Army’

“Archaeologists say design of clay warriors suggests close contact between east and west 1,500 years before Marco Polo”

Greek craft workers may have helped inspire the most famous Chinese sculptures ever made – the 8,000 warriors of the Terracotta Army who have been watching over the tomb of the first emperor of China for more than 2,000 years.

Archaeologists and historians working on the warriors say they now believe that the figures’ startlingly lifelike appearance could have been influenced by the arrival in China of ancient Greek sculptures, and even that Greek sculptors made their way there to teach their designs.

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