Mongolia

Nomadic tribes of the endless steppes of Mongolia, including the Turks, the Huns and the Mongols, established some of world’s largest empires. One of the reasons they were able to do so was their effective and exceptionally skilful use of horses. It is not by chance that an old Mongolian proverb is: ‘A man without a horse is like a bird without wings’. Therefore, one would expect quite a number equestrian statues in this country, which moreover has the important raw material for bronze on hand in the form of the world’s largest copper deposits. However, there are relatively few equestrian statues in Mongolia, probably as a result of the rule during the last few centuries by the Chinese and the Russians, not allowing the Mongolians to cherish their own identity. Nevertheless, this is compensated for by the fact that Mongolia is home to the world’s largest equestrian statue.