11.08.2015 - 11.08.2015
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!!).
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.
I also walked up the roof of the museum to enjoy the view from the top.
This was our last visit to Moesgaard for this trip, but we will certainly be back on our next visit. .