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The Haiyantang (Chinese: 海晏堂; pinyin: Hǎiyàntáng) was an area in the Xiyang Lou (Western style mansions) of the Old Summer Palace, which included the famous Zodiac Fountain - water clock fountain consisting of 12 bronze Chinese zodiac statues. Supposedly designed by Giuseppe Castiglione for the Qianlong Emperor, the statues would spout water to tell the time.
The bronze-cast heads of the stone statues were among the treasures looted during the destruction of the Old Summer Palace by British and French expeditionary forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War. Since then, they have been among the most visible examples of attempts to repatriate Chinese art and cultural artifacts. About the scandal with two of this heads see 2009 auction of Old Summer Palace bronze heads.
|Photo||Animal||Year recovered||Current location||Cost||Notes|
|Rat||2013||National Museum of China||$18 million at hammer price||Yves Saint Laurent's collection. Christie's, 2009.|
|Ox||2000||Poly Art Museum, Beijing||USD $0,98 million||Sotheby's London, June 1989.
By Christie's Hong Kong, 2000. From China Poly Group Corp.
|Tiger||2000||Poly Art Museum, Beijing||USD $1,98 million||Sotheby's London, June 1989.
By Sotheby's Hong Kong, 2000. From China Poly Group Corp.
|Rabbit||2013||National Museum of China||$18 million at hammer price||Yves Saint Laurent's collection. Christie's, 2009
Donated by François Pinault in a ceremony on June 28, 2013
|Horse||2007||Capital Museum||US$8.9 million||Sotheby's London, June 1989, 400,000 USD.
From Stanley Ho, by Sotheby's Hong Kong
|Monkey||2000||Poly Art Museum, Beijing||US$1.03 million||New York, 1987.
By Christie's Hong Kong, 2000 From China Poly Group Corp.
|Dog||-||-||-||In 2003 a Hong Kong auction house planned to sell the fake|
|Pig||2003||Poly Art Museum, Beijing||US$0.77 million||New York, 1987.|
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