Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf formally declared open the exhibition of China’s terracotta army in the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.
“This year it will be 60 years since Sweden became one of the first countries to establish diplomatic contact with the People’s Republic of China. However, the cultural contact between Sweden and China dates back even further,” the King said at the opening ceremony.
As a museum to spread the knowledge of Chinese history and culture, it is natural for it to celebrate the 60th anniversary with this extraordinary exhibition from China, he added.
The King and the Queen Silvia have been to terracotta site in 1981 and just three years later, China’s terracotta soldiers visited Sweden for the first time in 1984.
But this time the scale is about 10 times more than the previous time and all of the 316 except one are original from 11 museums in Shaanxi Province where the terracotta army was stationed. The objects include 10 Qin terracotta warriors, 120 Han terracotta figures and nearly another 200 cultural relics from Qin and Han tombs.