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Bowers Museum

September 29, 2011 21:13 ET

Renowned Terra Cotta Warriors Return to Bowers Museum: "Warriors, Tombs and Temples" Makes U.S. Debut October 1st With More Than 150 Newly Discovered Chinese Works of Art

Chinese Officials & Media Receive Sneak Preview to Exhibition's Exclusive U.S. Premiere

SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 29, 2011) - Bowers Museum welcomed Chinese officials and media to an exclusive preview of its much anticipated exhibition "Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy" Thursday, Sept. 29, in preparation for its U.S. premiere that opens to the public Saturday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m.

"Warriors Tombs and Temples" is a collection of 200 incredibly preserved ancient works of art from three dynasties that form the foundation of Chinese civilization: the Qin (221 - 206 BCE), the Han (206 BCE - 220 CE) and the Tang (618 - 917 CE). On loan from China, many of these artifacts are recent discoveries, having been unearthed from tombs and ancient Buddhist monasteries in and around each of these dynasties' capital cities.

Unveiling the exhibition's precious objects for the media and guests was Bowers Museum President Peter Keller. "This exhibition is a continuation of the long-standing relationship between distinguished Chinese institutions and the Bowers Museum," explained Dr. Keller. "Over the past decade the Bowers has presented six exhibits of priceless Chinese artifacts -- a ground-breaking accomplishment for cultural relations between the U.S. and China" He thanked Anne Shih, chairman of the museum's board of governors, for being instrumental in developing this bond of trust.

Zhao Rong, director of the Shaanxi Cultural Relics Bureau, welcomed visitors on behalf of the delegation of scientists and officials who accompanied the collection from China, expressing the hope that this exhibit would create a new understanding of Chinese culture for those who attend.

Also traveling from China for this unveiling was Wu Yongqu, director of the Terracotta Army Museum, whose team of experts helped prepare these priceless objects for shipping to America via China Southern Airlines.

Guests at the preview watched as five Buddhist monastics from the Hsi Lai Temple blessed important Buddhist relics, including one of China's most sacred objects -- a set of four nesting reliquaries which were created by Tang emperors to hold the finger of Buddha.

When the exhibition premieres Saturday, Oct. 1, visitors will see spectacular recent discoveries from the Qin-era imperial tomb of the ruthless First Emperor Qin Shihuangdi including a chariot horse and four terra cotta warriors, one of which is the only known warrior with a face painted green. Seldom seen outside of China are the intricately carved miniature armies that once guarded the tombs of Han emperors and their aristocracy. The Tang dynasty was the height of taste and luxury; from the royal tombs and temples of the imperial city of Xi'an is an opulent showing of wealth: gold, silver, and gemstones.

"Warriors, Tombs and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy" is a date and time stamped, specially ticketed exhibition. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at museumtix.com or via phone at Ticketmaster (877.250.8999). All ticket prices include the exhibition audio tour and access to all other museum galleries. Prices are weekdays: $21 adults, $14 students and seniors (62+), $12 children ages 6-17; weekends: $23 adults, $19 students and seniors (62+), $14 children ages 6-17. Admission for children under 6 is free. Bowers' Members can begin reserving their two free tickets immediately. For tickets, or more information, visit www.bowers.org or call 714.567.3695. Group tours: grouptours@bowers.org or 714.567.3655. School tours: schooltours@bowers.org or 714.567.3680. The Bowers Museum is located at 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana, Calif., 92706. Parking available in lots immediately north and south of the Museum.

"Warriors, Tombs, and Temples" will be at the Bowers Museum through March 4, 2012 after which it will travel to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, April 1 - Sept. 3, 2012.

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