Since ancient times the horse has symbolized vigor and prosperity. It is 7th among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. According to “The Horse symbolizes Qian (referring to Yin, heaven or a male in the Eight Diagrams)…and …The Book of Changes records: Qian represents the Horse, therefore, the Horse not only represents heaven, a king, a father, and a well-educated man, but it also represents a man of honor in traditional Chinese culture.” The horse is also closely associated with Taoism. As noted by Dr. Thomas Ritter, the frequent presence of horses in Taoist images symbolizes man’s harmony with and the elegance of nature, “It may not appear immediately obvious, but [in] Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching…the dressage artist rides and trains in harmony with Nature [and is] at one with the Tao [and nature] which gives his horses and his work radiance and expressiveness.” Several images of Taoist Officials and the Queen Mother of the West in the VA collection are set astride ornate and vigorous horses. In Japanese culture they are revered creatures that embody grace, power and nobility.

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  • Antique Cast Iron Tea Kettle (Tetsubin) Galloping Horses, Japan (4153BKE) $695

    H: 12.5”  W: 10”  D: 9.5” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This large Meiji hand-made Japanese cast iron tetsubin tea kettle with a lid with a lotus bud, ornamental top handle, and curved pouring spout was for boiling and pouring water to brew tea for Japanese tea ceremonies.  The simplicity of its form combined with its elegant raised galloping horse design is perfect for warming up kitchens of any style. 

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  • Antique Queen Mother of the West on Horse with Elixir Bowl, China (16297BLEM) $3750

    H:  22″  W: 8.25″  D:10″ | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    Given its size and quality, this rare and exquisite Queen Mother of the West probably was placed in a local temple or village/family clan setting. She is the Taoist deity who grants immortality, is the patron deity of women, controls the length of lives, and cultivates of virtue. This magnificent carving portrays her on a horse with a magnificent headdress centered by her iconic striking phoenix holding a cup with the elixir of immortality

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  • Antique Queen Mother of the West on Horse, China (16138BSE) $625

    H: 14.75”  W: 5.25”  D: 6.875” | FREE SHIPPING

    In this Queen Mother of the West (Xiwangmu) image, her significance as one of the most important and powerful Chinese goddesses is indicated by her large size in comparison to her regal horse adorned with a wide blanket, prominent headgear and a double-row harness with a decorative medallion. She wears her characteristic headdress with a phoenix and her  face is framed by abundant hair, pendulous ears and dangling earrings. Her right hand is up in a mudra called mushti , the fist “hand seal” by Taoists representing force, power and determination. She is worshipped today in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities.





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