What Are the Terracotta Warriors Wearing?
What Are the Terracotta Officers Wearing?
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Almost all the terracotta officers were made with flat bun covered by distinctive headgear. Some headgears in a length of 15 cm (6 inches) or so have approximately oblong shape with bending latter part; some have trapezoid shape; and some headgears have twirling latter part looking like a pheasant’s tail. In real life, their material was leather or multi-layer wax cloth, and the headgears were in ochre or vermilion color mainly. There are two strings tied on both sides of the headgear to fix it on warrior’s head.
Knee-length Gown and Long Pants
As for clothes, a majority of terracotta warriors wear knee-length gown. However, some superior officers were fabricated with dual layer gown, and other officers wear single layer gown. Both of the single layer and dual layer coats have same configuration with long sleeves. Observing the officer warriors closely, it is easy to find that nearly all of them are in long pants.
In actual life, armor for superior officer was made with leather. The front of the armor is below the warrior’s chest, and there are some small plates stitched on the armor at the back waist. Colored drawing and pattern are painted on the armor where there is no plate, and you can also find several knots made with colorful laces on the armor. Some of the superior officers’ armor has a shoulder protector and some does not.
There are two different styles of armor used for junior officers. One is the chest armor coat with braces, which has no back part and shoulder pads and should be made of whole piece of leather back in Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). In the center of the leather are eleven rows of plates. We can see exquisite geometric patterns drew on its braces. The other one is colorful scale armor coat covering front and back sides as well as shoulder pads. As its name indicates, many small square scale plates are linked together on the leather to assemble a complete armor.
Ordinary officers wear unlaced armor coat. This armor is assembled by hundreds of brown black plates directly. Its front side is longer than the back side, and there are no patterns painted on the armor, either.
What Are Terracotta Soldiers Wearing?
Mostly Knee-length Gown and Short Pants
Compared to terracotta officers, soldiers wore relatively simple armor coat which is made of plates only. The plates on the armor are larger and the quantity is smaller. The armor worn by terracotta soldiers have front side and back side as well. In general, they can also be divided into two types with and without shoulder pads. Many of the soldiers do not have armor.
Shallow Shoes or Boots
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