Queen Mother

The Taoist deity Queen Mother of the West (Hsi Wang Mu or Xiwangmu) is the most significant female deity in the Taoist pantheon and is highly regarded in Chinese Popular Religion where she is a major magical deity with a huge cult following. Her powers include her control over life, creation and death and destruction and she determines the life span of every living being. She is the keeper of the Tao, the grantor of prosperity, and the goddess of righteousness and lives in the Western Paradise in the Kunlun where she grows her famed peach tree that blooms once every 3000 years and offers immortality to whoever eats the peaches. See the blog Queen Mother of the West Xiwangmu.

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  • Antique Elegant Queen Mother of the West, China (16096JASK) $1550

    $1,550.00
    H: 17.25”  W:  8”  D” 6” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CALL 213-568-3030

    This extremely fine Queen Mother of the West wears her ornate headdress centered by her iconic phoenix representing the sun and her authority. She is the patron deity of women, a divine teacher and is closely associated with the cultivation of virtue and immortality. On her holy birthday devotees, especially women, gather in temples for celebration rituals.

     

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  • Antique Home Altar Queen Mother of the West, China (16035TSK) $395

    $395.00
    H: 12.5”  W: 4.875”  D: 3.375” | FREE SHIPPING!

    Finely carved from one piece of dense hardwood, this Queen Mother of the West image sits in a traditional pose on a backless throne with a large iconic phoenix on her hat and wearing in a graceful robe with two fingers of her right-hand holding a long sleeve that covers her left hand – common in Taoist deity images. It was brightly painted as seen by her red garments under a lacquered cover that naturally darkened over time from  incense and candle offerings.  Her carved facial features with pursed lips depict a caring, authoritative matronly figure.

     

  • Antique Puppet Head of Queen Mother of the West, China (16800BCE) $950

    $950.00
    H: 17”  W: 4.25”  D: 4.5” | CALL/EMAIL FOR SHIPPING QUOTE

    Chinese puppet theatre thrived, educated and entertained people with puppets that usually had detachable heads. A very popular figure, the Queen Mother of the West is one of the highest ranking female Taoist deities venerated by women as a powerful, independent deity embodying yin (female energy) who they prayed to for health and long life. Her complex elaborate headdress includes a large outstretched tortoise atop her iconic symbol, the phoenix, all flanked by two nagas under an arch bordered with a scale like finish, a truly unique and impressive image. She is mounted on a modern contemporary frosted acrylic base.

     

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  • Antique Queen Mother of the West Casting Out Demons, China (16093BSK) $585

    $585.00
    H: 11.5”  W: 5.375”  D: 4.25” | FREE SHIPPING

    The Queen Mother of the West is one of the most significant Taoist female deities and a patron deity of woman who still pray to her on her birthday for health and longevity.This charming image sits on a backless throne with decorated pedestal, her iconic phoenix in her crown.  Her left hand is in karana mudra to cast out demons and negative energy. As it was consecrated it probably wasplaced on a home altar for personal devotion.

     

     

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

    $3,750.00
    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

    $625.00
    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.

     

     

     

     

  • Antique Queen Mother of the West, China (16142BCK) $525

    $525.00
    H: 11.25”  W: 4.625”  D: 3.25” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This provincial carving is the  Queen Mother of the West, the most powerful female Taoist deity who is associated with all aspects of the female force (yin) : metal (one of the Five Elements), autumn, and the west. This small but well carved dense hardwood image made for private devotion on a home altar finely portrays her as a modest matronly figure holding her robe across her body creating deeply cut fold patterns seated on a red backless throne and wearing a large and well carved iconic phoenix in her headdress.

     

  • SOLD Antique Carved Guanyin on Lotus Pedestal, China (16206B-WACK)

    $1,375.00
    SOLD  H: 23.25″  W: 9.25″  D: 6.25″

    This Guanyin image was probably one of a pair of images along with the Taoist Queen Mother of the West (16206A-WACK) placed together on a community, local temple or home altar.  Created by the same local artisan, they are provincial rather than imperial style having a humble, unadorned and simple rendering, seated on backless thrones, hands covered by a ritual cloth, uncharacteristic of Guanyin but common for Taoist goddesses. Both wear layered robes and a high pointed crown – the Queen Mother’s centered by a phoenix and Guanyin’s by a flower surrounded by symbolic aureole of radiating light. Both have soft blissful smiles with eyes cast slightly downwards to engage their devotees. Initially covered in bright polychrome colors, there are traces of surviving red, yellow, green, brown and black.

  • SOLD Antique Queen Mother of the West on Raised Pedestal, China (16206A-WACK)

    $1,375.00
    SOLD  |  H: 23.25″  W: 9.25″  D: 6.5″

    This Queen Mother of the West, the highest ranking female Taoist deity was probably displayed as a pair along a statue of Guanyin, the most significant Buddhism female (Guanyin on a Lotus Pedestal (16206B) highlighting the importance and similarity of these revered female images  Like the Guanyin, the Queen Mother’s delicately carved face has half closed eyes, serene composure mouth with a hint of a smile, which is more Buddhist than Taoist. Her headdress, centered by her iconic phoenix, rests under a hood extending to her shoulders and back. She wears a high collared three-layered Taoist robe, her hands covered by a ritual cloth.

  • The Taoist Queen Mother of the West with a 3 Phoenix Headdress (16804BCK)

    $625.00
    H: 14.75″  W: 4″  D:  4.5″  | FREE SHIPPING IN CONTINENTAL U.S.!

    This unique carved head is the Queen Mother of the West, the first Chinese deity to be represented in Chinese art and the most important female deity in the Taoist pantheon. Carved from a single piece of wood, it is either  a puppet head or was attached to a larger figure. Her headdress has three phoenixes instead of her iconic single phoenix. Having a cavity on the rear of the head is rare indicating it might have been consecrated by a Taoist monk.

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