The General is a full-sized, all-jade replica of the terracotta soldiers seen in the tomb of the first Emperor of China. Generously given to the museum by a private donor in 2021, the General weighs nearly 2,000 lbs and is over 6 feet in height.
He was commissioned by the same donor in the late 70s, who had him made out of solid jade and hand carved as an exact replica of the warriors themselves.
The terracotta warriors were first discovered on March 29, 1974, by farmers in Lintong County, China. The farmers were digging a well a short distance away from Mount Li, where Emperor Qin was and still is buried when they fell through into the tombs. The soldiers within were laid out as if to protect the tomb in the afterlife.