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Bronze Bull, Summer Palace, Beijing
Place of Origin: China
Date: before 1927
Materials: Tinted photograph
Dimensions: H. 11 in x W. 18 1/4 in, H. 27.9 cm x W. 46.3 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Photography
Object Number: B60M505
On Display: No

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In 1755 the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-1795) had this bronze bull cast and set in its present spot along the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, which he had built northwest of Beijing. In the middle ground is the bridge that leads to the Island of the Dragon King. Three manmade islands in the lake represent celestial islands.

The use of the bull as a talisman against floods was an ancient practice in disaster-prone areas of the Yellow and Yangxi rivers. This photograph is the best-known example in its original location today. An eighty-character inscription by the Qianlong emperor in archaic script on the back of the bull describes its use for this specific purpose.


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Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009)
Label:

In 1755 the Qianlong emperor (reigned 1736-1795) had this bronze bull cast and set in its present spot along the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, which he had built northwest of Beijing. In the middle ground is the bridge that leads to the Island of the Dragon King. Three manmade islands in the lake represent celestial islands.

The use of the bull as a talisman against floods was an ancient practice in disaster-prone areas of the Yellow and Yangxi rivers. This photograph is the best-known example in its original location today. An eighty-character inscription by the Qianlong emperor in archaic script on the back of the bull describes its use for this specific purpose.


Exhibition History: "Photographic Memories" Rotation 1 (Tateuchi Gallery, March 13, 2009 - August 30, 2009)