JESUITICA: A costly Jesuit clock

March 3, 2009 in General, News

bronze_heads_01.jpgParts of a water clock fountain designed by Jesuit missionaries have been sold in Paris for €28,000,000 and are triggering a row between Christie’s auction house and China. The two bronze fountain-heads were part of a dozen heads from the Chinese Zodiac, and they marked the time by spouting water. They were looted from the Beijing Summer Palace by British/French forces in the Second Opium War.  The  buyer turned out to be a patriotic Chinese who refused to pay for them as being stolen property.