Summer Palace Beijing Bronze Ox

Cast in Emperor Qianlong's reign (1736-1779), this statue was also called the "Golden Ox." It has a litelike bearing and was placed here, it is said, to contrall floods. The eighty-word ode entitled "Inscriptions on the Golden Ox" inscribed on its back was written by Emperor Qianlong in traditional, "seal" style calligraphy.
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