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Here's a Sneak Peek at the 'Terracotta Army' Exhibit Opening at the Field

 Here's a sneak peek at the exhibit before it opens Friday. 
Terracotta Warriors at the Field Museum
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MUSEUM CAMPUS — The famed life-size statues of stone warriors that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor are now here at the Field Museum.

"China's First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors" opens Friday at the museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. Containing 170 artifacts pulled from 14 Chinese museums, the touring exhibit is making its first stop at the Field since 1980. 

"Once in a lifetime gets thrown around a lot these days, but just every so often something so incredible comes along it deserves the phrase," Richard Lariviere, the Field's president, said Tuesday. 

Farmers in central China stumbled upon the "army" of thousands of statues in the 1970s. They were buried with Qin Shi Huang, ancient China's first emperor who conquered and united the nation's warring states in 221 B.C. The exhibit contains both original and replica statues, as well as other artifacts including stone armor, chariots and a bronze goose. 

The exhibit is included with discovery ($35 per adult) and all-access ($29) passes to the museum. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8, 2017. Visit the Field's website for more information. 

[all photos by DNAinfo/David Matthews]

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