Genghis Khan statue unveiled in central London A monumental sculpture of Mongolian hero Genghis Khan was unveiled Saturday in the heart of ...
Genghis Khan statue unveiled in central London
A monumental sculpture of Mongolian hero Genghis Khan was unveiled Saturday in the heart of London.[Photo/File Photo]
A monumental sculpture of Mongolian hero Genghis Khan was unveiled Saturday in the heart of London.
The bronze statue rises to five meters from hoof to helmet, and will stand next to the iconic Marble Arch on the busy Oxford Street for half a year.
Against the backdrop of blue sky and green park, it featured the leader in medieval amour lost in contemplation on horseback.
The sculpture weighs 2,714 kilograms without the plinth, and took the Russian artist Dashi Namdakov two years to complete.
When asked by Xinhua as why they chose to erect such a statue there, Paul Green, President of the Halcyon Gallery said, "London is an international city. This statue is imposing and will create dialogues from visitors, help them understand Asian culture."
Namdakov was born in 1967 in Ukurik, a village on the borders of China and Russia. He was awarded the title of Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in 2011.
Namdakov likes to work in bronze to reflect ancient Siberian and central Asian cultures. His works can be found in the public collections in Moscow, New York as well as Guangzhou.
The Halcyon Gallery will have an exhibition of Namdakov from May 5 to July 7, entitled A Nomad's Universe.
Originally named as Temujin, Genghis Khan was born around 850 years ago and founder of China's Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The Mongol Empire he founded became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.
Genghis khan was not founder of China's Yuan Dynasty. However, his grand son, Khubilai, ruled the China and founded Yuan Dynasty.ReplyDelete
The Yuan Dynasty (Chinese: 元朝, p Yuán Cháo; Mongolian: Dai Ön Ulus) was the Chinese branch of Mongol Borjigin dynasty established by Genghis Khan. Although the Mongolians had ruled northern China for decades, it was not until 1271 that Kublai Khan officially proclaimed the dynasty in the traditional Chinese style. His realm – the Great Yuan Empire (t 大元帝國, s 大元帝国, p Dà Yuán Dìguó) – was by this point isolated from the other khanates and controlled only most of present-day China and its surrounding areas including modern Mongolia. It was the first non-Han dynasty to rule all of China and lasted until 1368, after which its remnants in Mongolia were known as the Northern Yuan.ReplyDelete
The Yuan is considered both a successor to the Mongol Empire and as an imperial Chinese dynasty. In official Chinese histories, the Yuan Dynasty bore the Mandate of Heaven, following the Song Dynasty and preceding the Ming. Although the dynasty was established by Kublai Khan, he placed his grandfather Genghis Khan on the imperial records as the official founder of the dynasty as Taizu.