China’s terracotta army… was entirely covered with beaten egg when it was constructed, according to German and Italian chemists who have analyzed samples from several of the figurines. According to the research team, the egg served as a binder for colorful paints, which went over a layer of lacquer.
Read the whole article at Discovery News..Want to see the terracotta army, but can’t get to China? Well, you may be in luck because:
Museum of the Terracotta Army and Horses and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi’an, China will be on display stateside at the following venues:
- Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, CA, USA (May 18-October 12, 2008);
- High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA, USA (November 15, 2008-April 26, 2009);
- Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, USA (May 18-September 25, 2009); and
- National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C., USA (November 19, 2009-March 31, 2010)