Up Close with the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an
In 1974, three farmers tending the land in Xi'an were digging wells, and hit sherds of what they thought was pottery. It turned out to be a massive army of life-sized terra cotta warriors, who guarded Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, during the afterlife. There are approximately 8000, and each one's face is unique. Truly awe-inspiring.
The Terra Cotta Warriors were originally each painted, but after discovery they were left exposed to the elements and the paint mostly faded away. This close-up shows that some of the paint remains, and also gives a good look at how each Warrior is unique.