For those of you who missed the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s esteemed “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” exhibition in 2009, you’re in luck. Due to the overwhelming response to the previous exhibition, which garnered an audience of more than a million people world-wide, HMNS has teamed up with the Bowers Museum of Santa Ana to bring Houston audiences the second iteration of this exhibition, ''Warriors, Tombs, and Temples: China’s Enduring Legacy.''
At the heart of the exhibit are four life-size Terra Cotta Warriors, part of the army that protected China’s First Emperor Qin Shihuang. The warriors have been painstakingly restored. Thanks to new technology, the paint on the warriors’ garments and armor is now clearly visible. Unexpected discoveries include the fact that one warrior’s face was painted green.
The display features some 200 ancient works of art, including newly discovered artifacts such as gold dragons and an exquisite tomb demon. The treasures, dating back to 221 BCE, were unearthed from imperial, royal, and elite tombs, as well as from beneath Buddhist monasteries.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays through Sundays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Through September 3. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information, call 713‑639-4629 or visit www.hmns.org. $24 to $30.
March 30-Sept. 3, 2012