The statues start out like this - in pieces and shards. Archeologists and restorers spend countless hours working what may be the world's largest jigsaw puzzle.
I found myself studying the details of their clothing, hair, and facial expressions. The variety seems limited and the rumor is that they're modeled after real people.
The Terracotta Warriors are funery art in the burial tomb for emperor Qin Shi Huang, the man that (forcefully) unified China and therefore the first emperor of a unified state. (I have to say it - what an ego!)
The life-sized warriors were orignally painted, as well, but over 2,000 years in "storage" and exposure to the air upon excavation deteriorated the color.
When in China, this is a must-do if you are anywhere near Xi'An. Note that it is extremely popular and therefore crowded, but worth it. Also visit the teahouse.