Treasure stolen from Old Summer Palace returns home after 160-year odyssey

By Wang Kaihao | China Daily | Updated: 2020-12-02 07:25
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Visitors photograph a bronze sculpture of a horse's head, looted by invading Anglo-French forces 160 years ago, at Yuanmingyuan Park in Beijing after its return on Tuesday.
[Photo by Zou Hong/China Daily]

A famous bronze sculpture of a horse's head, which was looted in 1860 from the Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan, finally returned home on Tuesday to the site of the former imperial resort of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Beijing.

The object was one of 12 Chinese zodiac signs adorning a water-clock fountain that were stolen by invading Anglo-French forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War (1856-60).

Buildings were burned down and numerous cultural relics were looted in the turmoil 160 years ago, leading Yuanmingyuan to gradually fall into ruin.

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