Mysterious Green-face Terracotta Warrior

In 1999, a peculiar “terracotta warrior was unearthed, which has puzzled many archaeologists. The face of this terracotta warrior is dark green, which is abnormal because all the faces of the terracotta warriors at that time were primarily pink or white. What’s the reason for this one on green color? After the news got out, many archaeologists came to see the “terracotta warriors with green face”, and gave their own versions of guess.

The first statement is the most absurd one. The terracotta warriors are not only the garrison of Emperor Qin’s underground kingdom, but also the works of art combining pottery and painting, which is confirmed by the different facial expressions, costume styles and hair styles of the figures. It fully shows that the Qin terracotta figures have integrated the artisans’ subtle observation of life and understanding of characters’ personality on the basis of realism. Above all, the green-faced terracotta figure is the alternative creative idea of the craftsmen. However, why is that ridiculous? It is commonly known that the ruler in Qin dynasty was very strict with artisans, and each was highly responsible for his work. If he made any mistake, he would be severely punished, or even put to death. Therefore, there could be no artisans who risked their lives for artistic creation.

The second point of view may represents ethnic minorities. For those masks on the theatre stage, red represents loyalty and courage, white represents treachery, black represents honesty, while green and blue represent vassal states and are symbols of ethnic minorities. The archaeologist speculated that the green-faced terracotta figure implied characteristic with some cultural elements of ethnic minorities.

The 3rd viewpoint is conjectured that in the period of Warring States, the troops were sent to fight with their the horn of ox bound with knife, and their soldiers’ faces besmeared of all sorts of color to disguise as a ghost, so as to frighten enemy away. So it was not impossible to paint the faces green. Some experts also explained that green may also be another way to show skin color, which had no special significance.

The fourth viewpoint argues, an archaeologist who visited the green terracotta warrior gave his explanation, that the terracotta army has been buried in the ground for more than 2,000 years. The colored paint applied to the body may have changed. He believed that time may have made the figures strangely changed.

Seeing all these speculations, which one do you stand for? All in all, the ancient fact of this green-faced figure will be a myth forever.