Ed and I were part of a DayTripper group that enjoyed a Chinese lunch in Irvine before visiting the Bowers museum.
This exhibition focused on the underworld empires of three dynasties in China: the Qin, the Han and the Tang. The highlight featured several life-size terra cotta warriors that were to protect Qin Shihuangdi ,the first emperor of China. They are examples of more than a 1,000 clay warriors that have been excavated in Xian since they were discovered in 1974 of an estimated 8,000 that were buried. Originally they had painted garments. Chariots and hundreds of terra cotta horses were also buried to accompany the emperor in the afterlife. Miniature statues and earthenware animals accompanied Han emperors. Many treasures of gold, silver and glass that accompanied the Tang rulers and elite were also on display.
The museum also has a large collection of Native American Art and exhibits of Orange County history.