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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rare works from the tomb of China’s first emperor go on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this fall.

“China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy” features more than 120 objects excavated from the tomb complex of Emperor Qin Shihuang and other sites.

Among the works are 10 examples of the “Ghost Warriors.” The terracotta sculptures were meant to protect the emperor in the afterlife.

The tomb was first uncovered by Chinese farmers drilling a well in 1974. In all, the tomb’s three pits are thought to hold 8,000 life-sized figures of different ranks, together with horses and chariots.

Some of the 10 terracotta warriors in the exhibit have never traveled to the West.

The exhibit opens Oct. 28 and runs through Jan. 20.

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