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By Ronald E. Carrington

They were life-size terracotta depictions of soldiers protecting Qin Shihuang, the first emperor of China, and buried with him in Xi’an in 210 BCE to protect him in the afterlife.

Now, after 10 of the actual 8,000 Terracotta Warriors discovered in 1974 by farmers in China were on view earlier this year at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, replicas of the historic figures are up for auction on a government surplus website.

For a minimum starting bid of $500, people can own one of the 6-foot-5, 500-pound replicas that popped up in various locations around Richmond to advertise the museum’s exhibit, “The Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.”

The exhibit, which opened last November, also featured a terracotta cavalry horse, armor, jade…

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