Summer Palace -- Bronze Ox

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A bronze ox set on bluestone wave-lined pedestal overlooks the east shore of Kunming Lake. The ox, cast in the image of a live creature back in 1755, is said to possess flood control powers. Da Yu, the legendary master in floods prevention, would commit an iron ox into the water on completion of every of his projects. It has become customary since Tang Dynasty (618-907) to line the edge of waterways with oxen. Hence this bronze ox was upon the bank, too.

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This Bronze Ox, sitting beside the water and overlooking the harmonious and enchanting lake scenery, was rather imposing. The Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) had personally dedicated this particular bronze ox. On the back of the ox is an 80-character-posy in seal character -"Golden Ox Inscription" by him.

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