- Qin dynasty (221–206 B.C.)
- H. 77 15/16 in. (198 cm); W. at shoulders 27 9/16 in. (70 cm); D. at belly 21 5/8 in. (55 cm); Wt. 499.8 lb. (226.7 kg)
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- Lent by Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum
This unarmored figure can be identified as a military officer by his size (larger than most) and headdress (a distinctive cap split into two folded peaks). The cap may refer to the “pheasant’s-tail cap” recorded in Chinese historical texts, in which case two feathers would have been inserted at the back. Such caps became customary adornment for military officers, owing to the pheasant’s combative nature. It is still uncertain which of the figures’ features indicate their ranks and responsibilities, though the bows on the armors of some terracotta generals are speculated to signal rank.