Travel Theme: Sculpture

Ailsa’s challenge for this week is Sculpture.

I like taking pictures of sculptures, although not to the same extent as landscape photos.

In particular, I like taking photos of equestrian sculptures.  A full-size equestrian statue is a difficult and expensive object for any culture to produce, and figures have typically been portraits of rulers or, more recently, military commanders

I was much impressed by the sculptures at Heroes’ Square in Budapest Hungary.DSCF0142

At the base of the column of St. Gabriel was a group of seven mounted figures representing the Magyar chieftains who led the Hungarian people into the Carpathian basin.DSCF0143

In the front of the magnificent seven was the famous Árpád considered the founder of the Hungarian nation.

Also interesting is the bronze figure of the Vilnius founder Grand Duke Gediminas in the Vilnius Cathedral Square of Lithuania. It shows Geminidas beside his horse. He holds his sword in his left hand which someone interprets so that he preferred diplomacy instead of war and violence.DSC_0392

While visiting the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia, the thing that caught my eyes was this statue of Genghis Khan riding on his horse. This is the man who has conquered many parts of Asia and even part of Europe. When compared with the statue of horses found in Europe, the Mongolian horses obviously have shorter legs, although this doesn’t mean that they move slower.DSCF2292

While this post is mainly on equestrian sculptures; I couldn’t refrain myself from posting the next photo.DSCF6413

Back in West Lake, China. Not far from the lake is the YueFei temple. I was most impressed with the statute of a Chinese general who assisted YueFei in winning battles against the “barbarians” around China.

His face looks so intimidating; I guess I will be scared to death if I were in a battle with him. . . . . .  . . . . . . .

36 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Sculpture

    • The sculptor really has done a good job. The last one is intimidating. Thank you Linda for your following and the always kind comment 🙂

  1. These are really great statues… the last of the, this man certainly looks a great protector, would frighten off many a foe I’m sure… lovely share and post..

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  3. Hi Michael ,thank you for stopping by.Have a wonderful 4th. of July.Jalal Michael

  4. I’d like to focus on your comment about the Mongolian horses having shorter legs compared to their western counterparts. Your words reminded me of a book I read not too long ago – Ranger’s Apprentice (by John Flanagan). It is an adventure story about a young ranger and his friends. It is a lovely read. Anyway, in that story, the Rangers use smaller horses (which were taken from a country obviously inspired by Mongolia or its surrounds). According to the book, those horses are gifted with extra-ordinary stamina and intelligence that made them perfect for the Rangers. 🙂

    • You are right. The stamina and the quick movement of these horses did help Genghis Khan in quickly moving his troops during the conquer. They are, as you said, intelligent too. Regards, Michael

    • Hi Susan, thanks so much for the nominations which I understand are important awards. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. Thanks for enjoying my posts and thinking of me for the nominations. Regards, Michael

  5. Absolutely stunning shots Michael! I wish we had beautiful sculptures like that here. Great entry for sure! 😀

    • The public sculptures at where I am based are also not that impressive. The better ones always seem requiring quite a bit of travels. Many thanks for the kind comment 🙂

    • I admire many of the sculptures taken by bloggers for this theme, they are just awesome. Hope I can have a chance to visit those places too. Have a great day 🙂

    • Oh, absolutely! I only like travelling when it’s short trips and that is why I love the “virtual travelling” here on the blogs. Have a great day too. 😀

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