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People In China Can't Believe This Horse Statue Is 2,000 Years Old


Posted on September 6, 2016, at 11:36 a.m. ET

You know how there are often very relatable things to be found in museums?

Well, check out this extremely relatable horse. It's over 2,000 years old.

@ Sichuan广汉Sanxingdui Museum / Via Weibo.Com

It's a Han dynasty statue that was spotted in the repair room of the Sanxingdui Museum in Sichuan Province, China, and after pictures of it were uploaded to Weibo, they were shared more than 30,000 times.

@ Sichuan广汉Sanxingdui Museum / Via Weibo.Com

A lot of people have pointed out it looks like Donkey from Shrek.

Or a cartoon character...

"Reminds me of the one from Tangled."

"The emperor at the time must have been a Disney fan."

"Probably picked it up from the Disney junkyard."

"It looks a bit like a really stoned BoJack."

People love it. They're drawing and making clay models of it...

Ibitsusakimori / Via Weibo.Com

...and above all, pointing out how relatable it is.

@ Sichuan广汉Sanxingdui Museum / Via Weibo.Com

"Horse: 'Lord knows what I've been through.'"

"Horse: 'Don't bother saving me. I think I'm beyond saving.'"

And now it's inspired people to make entire sets of memes out of ancient artifacts.

"Don't talk. Let me take a selfie to calm down first."

"Am I beautiful?"


"Dancing together."

And now here’s where things get wild: People in Russia have picked up on the horse too.

They think it looks like Yuliy, the horse belonging to a folklore hero called Alyosha Popovich, about whom a cartoon has been made. Like Donkey in Shrek, Yuliy can talk — but apparently he's kind of sneaky.

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So keep an eye out for relatable Russian museum exhibits heading your way sometime soon.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.