As Liverpool prepares itself for the annual Grand National Festival this weekend, the city’s World Museum is celebrating a new addition to its landmark 2018 exhibition, China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.
The Golden Horse of Maoling and other items from China’s Han Dynasty will now be on display until the end of the exhibition’s run on October 28.
The gilded bronze horse is more than two feet tall and is the largest ever found in China.
Discovered at Maoling near the Mausoleum of Emperor Wu, fifth ruler of the Western Han dynasty, it has been suggested the burial pit in which the horse was found belonged to Princess Pingyang, the elder sister of Emperor Wu.
Fiona Philpott, director of exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, said: “The horse became a symbol of power, wealth and status for the Chinese after it was domesticated around 6,000 years ago in central Europe and Asia.
“Liverpool also has a long equestrian history, playing host to the Grand National Festival since 1839, so the addition of the Golden Horse to the exhibition this week is very apt.”
Tickets are priced from £14.50 for adults and £5.50 for children aged between six and 17.
Children aged five years and under go free.