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     Terra-cotta warriors and horses from the Chin Dynasty exhibited on Guam at the Tumon DFS Galleria marked the artifacts' debut outside China and was hailed as a significant diplomatic Sino-U.S. event. Figurines shared the limelight alongside 120  bronze and clay Chinese artifacts in the exhibit, "Treasures from the Cradle of Chinese Civilization: 5,000 Years of Ancient Art from the Huang He Valley."  was a project presented by the University of Guam, Guam Museum, Dept. of Chamorro Affairs, and spearheaded by the Guam International Airport Authority at a cost of $1,205,404.32 and collaborated with the Guam Visitors Bureau.
     The biggest attractions of the $40 million collection were the life-size terra-cotta warriors and horses (priceless but each insured at $2 million) are part of a clay army unearthed in Xi'an in 1974. The terra-cotta army was found in a vast tomb of the ruler of the house of Qin, who unified China in 221 B.C. and died in 210 B.C.

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       Univ of Guam Dr. James D. Sellmann states, "At first, the First Emperor wanted to have his army buried alive with him, but his prime minister rightly pointed out that it would take another army at least the size of the original to force them into the grave site. The First Emperor accepted the idea that life-like models of the troops would be buried with him. According to the records of the historian, there are bronze, stone, and wooden armies on the other flanks of the mausoleum. These pottery figures serve two purposes: they both guard the tomb from ghosts and maybe even human grave robbers, and they would give the emperor's spirit pleasure to see his troops arrayed in battle gear." It was also said that out of over 6,000 warriors excavated no two figures have the same face. stay in tune for coming attractions
     Other artworks on display include early building materials, food containers from the Neolithic Revolution, Bronze Age urns, gold and silver jewelry and cups, Song Dynasty art, Han Dynasty tomb figurines and more. 
     The treasures were found after peasants near Xian, China discovered pieces of Terra Cotta while drilling a waterwell. The site proved to be the 2,200-year-old burial pit of the life-sized army of Terra Cotta armored warriors and horses in the tomb of China’s first feudal emperor, Qin Shi Huang. So far, three pits have been unearthed and a total of over 8,000 warriors and horses and over 100 chariots have been found.
     Ticket sales were around $40,000. The pieces were returned on April 24, 2003 to the Shanghai Museum. From there, they were trucked by the Sha'anxi Cultural Relics Bureau to Xi'an, in the Sha'anxi province, where they came from.


  Dedicated to Choco Sangley, a 1648 Chinese Buddhist castaway (Chinese Father / possibly Filipina mother) whose sampan -- sailing from Manila to Ternate (a spice island in the Moluccas now part of Indonesia), was blown off from the Molucca Passage (pg 641 Levesque Vol 4) and shipwrecked at the island of Saipan in the Marianas Archipelago. He became a warrior ally to the Chamorro islanders in the Chamorro - Spanish war. How Choco could have looked like based from a sketch of a typical Chinese individual by Antoine Watteau 1684 to 1721. Sangley [seng-li meaning business].