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Bronze Ox in the Summer Palace

2017-01-20 18:15:40Share:

  To the east of the Seventeen-Arch Bridge of the Summer Palace, stands a gilt bronze ox cast in 1755. It is said that in ancient China, ox used to be a symbol of flood control. Back to almost 4,000 years ago in the Xia Dynasty, whenever flood was brought under control, people put an iron ox in the riverbed.

Bronze Ox  Summer Palace

 

  In the Tang Dynasty, instead of putting an iron ox in the riverbed, people placed it by the bank of the river. Qing Emperor Qianlong followed the Tang example, and a gilt bronze ox was placed east of Kunming Lake.

Bronze Ox  Summer Palace