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Gambling king donates horse head of Yuanmingyuan to present the 20th anniversary of Macao's return

Gambling king donates horse head of Yuanmingyuan to present the 20th anniversary of Macao's return

On November 13, the Ministry of culture and tourism and the State Administration of cultural relics held a donation ceremony for the bronze statue of the horse head in the Yuanmingyuan at the National Museum of China. Before that, Mr. Stanley Ho, the gambling king, invested to end the wandering of the horse head for more than 100 years.

On November 13, the Ministry of culture and tourism and the State Administration of cultural relics held a donation ceremony for the bronze statue of the horse head in the Yuanmingyuan at the National Museum of China. Luo Shugang, Minister of culture and tourism, presented the honorary certificate to Ho chaoqiong, the representative of the donor Stanley Ho. Previously, Mr. Stanley Ho, the gambling king, invested to end the more than 100 years of wandering of the horse's head. Later, the State Administration of cultural relics, through consultation with Mr. Stanley Ho, allocated the horse head to Beijing Yuanmingyuan Management Office for collection, returned to its original place, and presented gifts to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people's Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of Macao's return.

The bronze statue of the horse head in the Old Summer Palace is one of the main components of the twelve zodiac animal head fountain outside the Haiyan Hall of the western building complex in the Changchun Garden of the Old Summer Palace in the Qing Dynasty. It is reported that the bronze statue of horse head will gather in the capital with six animal heads of cattle, monkeys, tigers, pigs, rats and rabbits for joint exhibition.

In August 2007, Sotheby's Hong Kong Co., Ltd. prepared to auction the bronze statue of horse head in Yuanmingyuan. After multi-party coordination, Stanley Ho finally bought it with HK $69.1 million, about 62 million yuan. This makes the bronze statue of horse head in Yuanmingyuan, which has been lost overseas for nearly a century and a half, return to the motherland. It is worth noting that the pig heads in the United States were also bought back by Stanley Ho for more than 6 million yuan and donated to China Poly Group.

In addition, cattle head, tiger head and monkey head were purchased by Poly Group with a cost of more than HK $30 million and collected in Beijing Poly Museum. Since then, in 2013, the Pinot family of France, the controller of kering group, the world's third largest luxury group, announced the donation of rat heads and rabbit heads to China free of charge.