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bjl1524381 : Retired businessman spent 25 years and million yuan replicating 2000-year ancient weaponry

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  • Retired businessman spent 25 years and million yuan replicating 2000-year ancient weaponry (2019-06-13)
  • A retired Chinese businessman spent 25 years and million yuan replicating the ancient weaponry of Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), the first dynasty of Imperial China. Mao Naimin, who did his own business in 1990s, started to have interest in the weapons of Qin when he brought his son to an artwork store and saw some swords used for traditional dramas and performances in 1994 in Xi'an, the city known by the world-famous terracotta armies. Then he had a rough idea bought replicating the weapons excavated from the terracotta pits as a business to do. Mao spent the first 10 years from 1994 to 2004 collecting related information, data and materials as well as visiting archaeologists and experts to study and research ancient weapons. He also built a workshop on the rooftop of the apartment building he lives in to start his creation. After four years, he accomplished his first own product, a replica of the bronze sword carried by the horse driver on the No.1 chariot unearthed from the pit and on display at the terracotta army museum. Later, Mao churned out other ancient weapons including shields, arrows and crossbows. According to his estimation, Mao spent more than one million yuan replicating the weaponry over the past 25 years.    Photo by Imaginechina
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