A variety of artefacts - including paintings collected from over 3,000 years of Chinese history - will be brought to Hong Kong for the first time next month to tell the story of the horse in China's arts and culture. Secretary for Home Affairs Tsang Tak-sing yesterday announced that the exhibition, 'Heavenly Horse - The Horse in Chinese Art and Culture', would open in mid-July and would coincide with the equestrian events of the Beijing Olympics taking place in Hong Kong. The exhibition is a joint presentation by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will feature 61 pieces - with an estimated value of more than HK$100 million - collected from 28 heritage institutes in 14 provinces and autonomous regions. The oldest piece will be a horse-shaped jadeite statue from the Western Zhou period (1122 - 771BC), while the newest is a large painting of horses called Ying Ji Zi by Giuseppe Castiglione. He was an Italian Jesuit Brother who served as the imperial court painter and helped design Beijing's Old Summer Palace. Other valuable pieces include a Qin terracotta saddled horse, a gilt bronze steed, a painting named Yinma Tu by 14th-century painter Zhao Mengfu, and some wall paintings. Brian Lam Kwok-fai, a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of History, said the exhibition would be the largest of its kind and would have extensive help from mainland experts. He said there had been previous exhibitions on the theme of the horse, but that next month's would feature the most extensive collection of works from different periods in Chinese history ever put together. The exhibition will run from July 16 to October 13 at the special exhibition gallery of the Hong Kong Museum of History in Tsim Sha Tsui. Another exhibition, 'The Ancient Olympic Games', will be staged at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin in collaboration with the British Museum from August 3 to November 24.