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Last visit to Moesgaard

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We'd planned another visit to Moesgaard, as there were still things we wanted to do ... finish the tour of the museum, a walk through the forest to the beach, and another visit to Skovmollen restaurant. This area is one of our favourite places in Aarhus ... it is very peaceful and relaxed, it is a pleasure just to be there.

The exhibition that I still had to see was 'The First Emperor - China's Terracotta Army'. Everyone knows of the discovery in 1974 of the 7000 life-size figures, buried with the emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210–209BC to protect him in his afterlife. It was Qin Shi Huang who united the Chinese empire and began constructing the Great Wall of China more than two thousand years ago.

This exhibition brought together 120 objects (selected from ten different museums), several of which had not been displayed outside China. I didn't want to miss this opportunity.

The size and intricate detail of the figures was amazing.

Full sized figures

Full sized figures


The General

The General


Calvary soldier

Calvary soldier


Calvary horse ..  beautiful

Calvary horse .. beautiful


Soldier

Soldier

Two bronze travelling chariots were found not far from the Emperor's grave. These are enclosed chariots with three rooms which allow the travellers to be concealed as they travel, but with sliding shutters so they can look out. Unlike the wooden chariots which were also found, these were only half-size models made up of 3500 individual components and weighing 1200kg. This chariot is a copy as the originals never leave China.

The First Emperor's travelling Chariot

The First Emperor's travelling Chariot


Drawn by four beautifully sculptured horses

Drawn by four beautifully sculptured horses

Two other half-sized bronze chariots were also found near the Emperor's grave, along with 130 wooden chariots found in the pits with the terracotta army. These bronze chariots are exact replicas of the wooden chariots down to every small detail. As much of the wood has decayed, these are the only complete examples of the chariots. Again, this chariot is a copy.

Bronze Chariot

Bronze Chariot


...  drawn by four beautiful horses

... drawn by four beautiful horses

All of the horses are beautiful with intricate detail. The cavalry horses are especially interesting in their detail. Their teeth were accurately modelled so their age could be determined as around 6 years, the idea age for a cavalry horse. Amazing. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to inspect them carefully.

Other wonderful objects were the musicians, several lovely full-sized animals, and the amazing stone armour and helmet designed to protect the Emperor in the afterlife. I don't think he would be going anywhere with that weight on him!!

Musicians

Musicians


A musician getting ready to play an instrument similar to a sitar.  The instrument, made of organic materials, decayed long ago.

A musician getting ready to play an instrument similar to a sitar. The instrument, made of organic materials, decayed long ago.


Bronze duck ..  it was quite large.  I thought it was lovely.

Bronze duck .. it was quite large. I thought it was lovely.


Ceramic animals

Ceramic animals


Stone helmet.

Stone helmet.


Stone vest

Stone vest

As usual with the Danes, the presentation of the exhibition was first-class, setting the scene with lavish colour and subtle detail, and again with the use of technology and multi-media.

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The plan was to enjoy the exhibition, then take a leisurely walk through the forest to the beach, returning in a circuit to Skovmollen for lunch, then home. Unfortunately we visited on a Monday and found neither the museum, nor the restaurant, open. (Note to self: if you want to visit something on a Monday, ALWAYS check the website for details before heading off!! We actually got caught a second time with the art gallery).

However, we did enjoy our walk to the beach, but got a little lost when we took a wrong turn back, and consequently ended up walking a lot further than we needed. (Note to self: get a smart phone with GPS when you get home!!).

Looking towards the manor house

Looking towards the manor house


I couldn't find details, but assume this is the family cemetery of the family from the manor house as it was just a little further along from the bridge in the previous picture.

I couldn't find details, but assume this is the family cemetery of the family from the manor house as it was just a little further along from the bridge in the previous picture.


One of Moesgård's buildings, built 1798

One of Moesgård's buildings, built 1798


One of the manor buildings ..  built 1869

One of the manor buildings .. built 1869

Giber River

Giber River


Giber River

Giber River


The forest

The forest


Fungi growing on a tree.

Fungi growing on a tree.


We came across this structure as we strolled through the fields.  It is one of the museum's ancient structures which are dotted throughout the park.

We came across this structure as we strolled through the fields. It is one of the museum's ancient structures which are dotted throughout the park.


Where the Giber River meets the sea

Where the Giber River meets the sea

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It was a cool day but there were still determined Danes swimming. I was surprised to see the flags indicating a patrolled beach. Obviously quite different to our Aussie view beach, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Moesgaard Beach

Moesgaard Beach


Looking towards the flagged area of the beach

Looking towards the flagged area of the beach


The lovely traditional fisherman's cottage

The lovely traditional fisherman's cottage


A lovely pic with the fisherman's hut in background

A lovely pic with the fisherman's hut in background


Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view


We were slightly off course ..  it was a long way back to the museum

We were slightly off course .. it was a long way back to the museum


The mill and the restaurant by the river

The mill and the restaurant by the river

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I also walked up the roof of the museum to enjoy the view from the top.

View from the rooftop

View from the rooftop


Looking towards the traditional church and the manor house  ...  times past.

Looking towards the traditional church and the manor house ... times past.


View from the roof of the museum to the sea.   I could see a number of sailing boats on the water.

View from the roof of the museum to the sea. I could see a number of sailing boats on the water.

This was our last visit to Moesgaard for this trip, but we will certainly be back on our next visit. .

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Posted by patsaunder 02:48 Archived in Denmark

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