Los Angeles, Calif. (December 15, 2008) – Viking River Cruises, the world’s leading river cruise line, is supporting the efforts of Atlanta’s High Museum of Art to bring an extraordinary display of Chinese terracotta warriors and related artifacts to Atlanta. The exhibit—which recently ended a popular 7 month run at the British Museum followed by a record-breaking 5 month run at the Bowers Museum in California—opened to the public in November. It will remain at the High for more than 5 months before moving on to Houston’s Museum of Natural Science, then continuing to the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall in Washington D.C.

“The First Emperor” was inspired by one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. Featuring more than 100 works, including 15 terracotta figures, the exhibition—which was covered in detail by the December 10 Wall Street Journal and rated #4 in Time magazine’s Top 10 Museum Exhibits of 2008-is one of the largest groups of works relating to the First Emperor ever loaned to the U.S. by the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xian, China. With rarely seen and recently discovered objects from his mausoleum complex, the exhibition will provide insight into the legacy of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, who reigned over a united China from 221 to 210 B.C.

“We have been taking travelers to see the Terracotta Army in Xian, as well as other key attractions in China, for the past five years,” said Torstein Hagen, founding chairman of Viking. “Our guests always tell us that seeing the Terracotta Warriors is one of the highlights of their China experience. We are thrilled to be helping Americans see some of China’s treasures that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to see.”

“This is a fascinating look into the history of one of the world’s oldest and richest cultures, as well as one of the world’s greatest discoveries—the First Emperor’s terracotta army,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “Visitors will see these warriors up close and appreciate their magnificence within the context of China’s history.”


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