Some secrets of China’s terra-cotta army are baked in the clay

Craftsmen used local materials and signature ceramic recipes to shape the warriors and their entourage

BATTLE READY  Terra-cotta warriors, built more than 2,200 years ago, stand in the tomb of China’s first emperor. Distributing different clay pastes to specialized workshops enabled the production of so many finely crafted statues, researchers propose.


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