Mao Zedong made his 50 kilogram golden debut at a Shenzhen art exhibition on Friday in the form of a statue measuring 80 centimeters tall and costing a cool one hundred-million yuan. The reclining Chairman figure was revealed just in time for Mao’s 120th birthday anniversary coming up on December 26, along with some other generous gifts to the public.
The gold representation of the Great Helmsman is not the first of its kind. It took 20 artists around eight months to complete, according to reports, although it was not specified who had commissioned or paid for the statue.
President Xi Jinping, who has recently aimed to crack-down on Party members’ lavish feasting, excessive spending, firework-lighting and fun reportedly told officials in Mao’s home province of Huanan last month that anniversary celebrations should be “solemn, simple and pragmatic”, just like in the good old days.
Right down to his trademark mole and lacquered fingernails.
After the exhibition, the statue will be placed in the Mao Zedong memorial in his birthplace Shaoshan.
On a slightly unrelated note, Googling “Mao Zedong’s mole” yields really unexpected results.
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