(ECNS) -- The Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum in northwest China's Shaanxi Province released its latest research results on the restoration of figurines excavated from Pit K9901.
Archeologists said the figurines could depict acrobats who performed in the imperial palace.
The museum also announced that restoration of two of the acrobatic figurines, Figurine No.4 and Figurine No.28, has been completed. More than 30 terracotta figurines have been unearthed from Pit K9901.
These terracotta figures are called acrobats since they are unique in shape and different from the terracotta warriors.
Ma Yu, Conservator-restorer at Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum explained, "The difficulty of restoring the Acrobat No. 28 is how we can show its posture in the best way. We need to find a special holder to show the figurine completely. Besides, we have to patch up the internal fissures, which are of great complexity. These are what we need to deal with."
Acrobat No. 4 is a piece of artwork conveying more information about the art of the Qin Dynasty, as well as a cultural relic with the best-preserved colored patterns among acrobatic figurines excavated from Pit 9901 so far.
"What we do now is not simply for inspection, analysis and research, but to make full use of the result of our research and apply it to demonstrations. In such a way, people may know that the colored patterns on the body of all figures, including the terracotta warrior figures, the acrobat figurines and the terracotta civilian officer figures, actually show the costumes of the Qin Dynasty (221 B.C.-207 B.C.)," said Zhou Ping, deputy director of the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum.
As a general term for ancient performances consisting of music, dance, and acrobatics, Baixi were gradually formed as early as the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods (770 B.C.-220 B.C.). During the Qin dynasty, acrobatics appeared on the stage of the royal court, as one of the most popular forms of entertainment.