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Genghis Khan Statue Stirs Controversy in London

By April 23, 2012

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Genghis Khan, leader of the Mongols

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's upcoming Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60th anniversary of her accession to Great Britain's throne, an interesting piece of statuary has gone in at Marble Arch, London. It's an equestrian piece depicting a famous world leader born 850 years ago - Genghis Khan.

Although the statue itself is wonderful, showing the Great Khan's hair blowing out behind him as he rides his fiery steed, many Londoners are perplexed or upset about the choice of the Mongol warlord's image. To some, it may seem like a rather unflattering comparison for Queen Elizabeth on her big day.

Painting via Wikipedia.

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April 30, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(1) Samuel T Richardson says:

Londoners and other Englishmen and women should have a broader perspective. Americans celebrate flagrant racists and slaveholders in statuary. And, they lived far more recently than 650 years.

May 1, 2012 at 12:23 am
(2) BASU SAMPANG says:

the great khan is a truth ,no history can efface whether we like or not.

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