Spur-Locking Down the Extra Credit

Spurlock museum gives insight on the world’s cultures.

written by Allison Spillane

Okay, so let’s get one thing straight: I love museums. Being a suburb kid, almost every class trip meant taking the train into the city to visit the art institute or the field museum. I grew up in a family where every summer vacation would involve wandering around beautifully constructed spaces chock-full of new information and ideas. Another thing we should probably clear up is that I live in Allen Hall. As in the corner of Gregory and Dorner. As in a single block south of the spurlock museum, a delightful cultural museum. Not a three minute walk from those doors, and I didn’t know it existed? I was pretty dumbfounded.

The Terracotta Warrior Statues, buried with the first emperor of Chinese Qin Dynasty, were meant to protect him in the after life. These statues were once colorful, but when the tomb was unearthed the air quickly erased all the pigments on the statues. Made of fired terracotta with mass produced bodies, but with removable heads, so that each statue represents  a different and specific person. 

They depict militia men of the historic past. Originally discovered by a farmer trying to dig a well in Xi’an. They are now a revered historical artifact of China. Ridiculous amounts of tourists visit the excavated pits to see them each year.

The terracotta soldiers are a big symbol of China’s long and rich cultural history. The Qin empire, the one in rule at the time of the creation of the statues, was known for standardizing the nation’s language, currency, and economy overall, allowing China to unify and prosper in the future. They are often used as a major point of recognition for Chinese History, and thus are recognized by many people across the world,and probably why it’s visage gained a spot in the Spurlock Cultural Museum

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