The mythical emperor

The man behind the myth

The story of the first emperor of China is the story of the man who - with an unprecedented brutality and cynicism - united the Chinese empire and began constructing the Great Wall of China more than two thousand years ago.

The story takes place approximately during the same period of time as the life of the Grauballe Man, whose body is displayed at Moesgaard Museum. The Grauballe Man was the victim of a human sacrifice in a bog in Denmark and is the world’s best preserved bog body.

The special exhibition 'The First Emperor – China’s Terracotta Army' introduced Danish and international visitors to a remarkable and significant era in Chinese history.

While the personal story of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi and his spectacular achievements was the focal point of Moesgaard Museum’s exhibition, the exhibition also aimed to increase interest in Chinese history and culture in general.

Moesgaard’s own design studio constructed the exhibition in the museum’s 900 square meters large gallery for temporary exhibitions.