Past and present of China's stolen animal heads

By Chen Xia
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Journey home

Pansy Ho Chiu-king (left), Stanley Ho's daughter, and Luo Shugang, minister of culture and tourism, lift the curtain for the newly-returned horse head statue at National Museum of China on Nov. 13, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

After the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Chinese government began to recover cultural relics looted overseas in various wars in the past century. 

The bronze heads were repatriated one after another through various means.

The horse head donated by Stanley Ho is the seventh returned home after the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, monkey and pig.

In 2018, a bronze dragon head, its authenticity unconfirmed, was bought by an anonymous Chinese buyer at auction and has never been seen again. 

Unfortunately, the other four sculptures – snake, goat, rooster and dog – are still missing. 

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