Rare gift Finds Home At KSU Union

An impressive new addition to the K-State Student Unionís permanent art collection will soon greet students and visitors alike. The Norman Brandeberry family graciously donated a rare replica sculpture of an ancient Chinese warrior which dates back to the Qin Shi Huang dynasty (259-210 BC).

In 1974, archaeologists working in China uncovered one of the major discoveries of the century - the attendant burial pits of Qin Shi Huang, Chinaís first feudal emperor. Over 8,000 life-sized, armored Terra Cotta warriors and more than 100 chariots were found in a rectangular military formation.

Part of Chinaís national treasury, and considered the "8th Wonder of the World," a limited number of replicas have been authorized and created for private collections. The Unionís statue is number 14, while former President Clinton owns number 17.

The warrior sculpture will be part of a special, permanent Student Union exhibit, located north of the middle stairs on the Unionís ground floor. History professor David Graff will assist in developing materials for the exhibit. An official dedication ceremony will be held January 30, 2002 from Noon to 1 p.m. as part of the Union Program Councilís Festival of Nations.