The rehabilitation of Confucius, the ancient sage whose ideas were once denounced by Chairman Mao as feudal ideology, continues. On Tuesday, a larger-than-life bronze statue of Kong Zi (孔子) was unveiled at the northern entrance of the newly-reopened National Museum, not far from where the Chairman’s portrait is situated on Tiananmen Square. Hailed by China Daily as “the latest sign of the philosopher’s comeback amid the country’s efforts to promote him as a symbol of traditional Chinese culture”, the statue was created by Wu Weishan, a sculptor from Nanjing, who has created over 20 statues of Confucius in different sizes and styles. With over 320 Confucius Institutes are located in 96 countries worldwide, one wonders why the sage isn’t already on the square itself. Maybe that day will come yet.
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