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Qin bronze chariot

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Qin bronze chariot

The Qin bronze chariot (銅車馬 or 秦銅車馬) is a two-piece Qin dynasty bronze artifact. The first piece "bronze chariot one" (一號銅車馬) consists of a driver with two seats in the chariot with a bronze umbrella. The second piece "bronze chariot two" (二號銅車馬) is a separate carriage. Both are about 50% the size of a real horse. The chariot was unearthed in 1980 at the Qin Shi Huang mausoleum. It is one of 64 designated historical artifacts that can never leave Chinese soil.

When the artifact was first found it was in broken pieces. It took five years to restore both the chariots together. Today the chariot is stored at the Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇兵馬俑博物館) in Shaanxi. In 2010 the piece was showcased at the Shanghai Expo as an exhibit inside the China Pavilion building.

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