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A small section of Qin Shi Huang’s terra-cotta army marched into the Tokyo National Museum last week and will remain there until February before descending on the cities of Fukuoka and Osaka.

The 2,200-year-old life-size statues — sometimes referred to as the “eighth wonder of the ancient world” — were stumbled upon by farmers digging a well approximately 30 km east of the city of Xian 41 years ago. The site was identified as the burial place of Qin Shi Huang, born Ying Zheng (259-210 B.C.), the first emperor of a unified China.

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