What Are the Terracotta Warriors Wearing?
What Are the Terracotta Officers Wearing?
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Almost all of the terracotta officers were made with a flat bun covered by distinctive headgear. Some headgear in a length of 15 cm (6 inches) or so have an approximately oblong shape with a bending back part; some have a trapezoid shape; and some of the headgear have a twisted back part like a pheasant’s tail. In real life, their material was leather or multi-layered waxed cloth. The headgear were mainly in ochre or vermilion. There are strings tied on each side of the headgear to fix it on the warrior’s head.
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Knee-length Gown and Long Pants
As for clothes, a majority of terracotta warriors wear knee-length gowns. However, some superior officers were fabricated with dual-layer gowns, and other officers wear single-layer gowns. Both the single-layer and dual-layer coats have the 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 real life, armor for superior officers was made of leather. The front of the armor was below the warrior’s chest, and there were some small plates stitched on the armor at the back waist. Colored drawings and patterns were painted on the armor where there was no plate, and you could also find several knots made with colorful laces on the armor. Some of the superior officers’ armor had a shoulder protector and some did not.
There are two different styles of armor used for junior officers. One is the chest-armor coat with braces, which has shoulder pads and no back and and would have been made of a single piece of leather in the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 207 BC). In the center of the leather are eleven rows of plates. We can see exquisite geometric patterns drawn on its braces. The second style is a 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 an unlaced armor coat. This armor is assembled from hundreds of brown-black plates. Its front side is longer than the back side, and there are no patterns painted on the armor.
What Are Terracotta Soldiers Wearing?
Mostly Knee-length Gowns and Short Pants
Compared to terracotta officers, soldiers wore relatively simple armor coats which were made of plates only. The plates on the armor are larger and the quantity is less. The armor worn by terracotta soldiers have front sides and back sides 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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