116 ‘Terracotta Daughters’ Battle Against Gender Imbalance in China

The Terracotta Warriors depict the armies from the era of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. (AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker/Flickr)
The Terracotta Warriors depict the armies from the era of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. (AlphaTangoBravo/Adam Baker/Flickr)

A French artist has created an exhibition at the China Institute in New York City that is based on the Terracotta Army in Shaanxi Province. However these soldiers are female!

Prune Nourry was inspired to make the 116 feminine statues or “Terracotta Daughters” to draw attention to the difficulties faced by girls in China due to people’s preference for sons.

Each statue weighs about 260 pounds, and is almost 5 feet tall with contemporary hairstyles, and school uniforms.

After the exhibition is over, the statues will be buried in China until 2030 as an archaeological project. That year is meant to be when Chinese men will have the hardest time finding a wife due to the skewed gender ratio.

 

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