Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques

Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang

Regular price €360

An antique set of eight horses of Mu Wang dating to the late 19th century.

The Chinese story of the eight horses is "bout King (Wang) Mu, who dreamed of being an immortal God. He was determined to visit the heavenly paradise and taste the peaches of immortality. A brave charioteer named Zaofu used his chariot to carry the king to his destination.

During these travels the emperor's chariot was pulled by eight horses named after the color of their hair. Another account, the forth century book, the Shiyiji (Researches into Lost Records) has it that the horses' names reflected their unusual talents; Number 1 gallops without touching the ground; Number 2 runs faster than birds; Number 3 goes especially fast at night; Number 4 goes as fast as the shadow of the sun; Number 5 is especially well-groomed with a splendid mane; Number 6 runs so fast that one can see a row of ten images of him; Number 7 rides on a cloud; Number 8 has wings."

The The Eight Horses of Wang Mu became a popular subject among later poets and artists and a symbol for the vehicle or journeys of any emperor."

Condition: one horse figurine has a broken. There are no others damages. Overall good antique conditon. 

Please take a close look at the photos, they are an integral part of the description. 

Length: around 2" (5cm)

Source: http://gotheborg.com/glossary/eighthorsesofwangmu.shtml
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques
Set of Carved Ivory 8 Horses of Mu Wang - Charmantiques