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Chinese Horse Statues

Since 1600 B.C., horses have been domesticated and raised by the Chinese. Their statues were made of bronze, jade, wood, or porcelain, and are a symbolic physical representation of one of the most significant creatures in Chinese culture.

Horses would loyally pull chariots with armies into war. They also often were buried with their owners so that they could accompany them into the afterlife. Mythological horses were believed to be closely related to the dragon, and capable of flying their deceased owners to the land of the immortals.

Statues of horses depict the animals in many different poses or stages of action, all bearing different meanings. The running horse in full gallop, for one, represents good fortune. A jumping horse represents success, whereas two horses symbolize a successful marriage. Horse paintings or horse statues are often placed in rooms to reinforce the power of the tenant, especially if that tenant is an executive.


Quick Facts

  • The white horse holds particular significance in Chinese Buddhist culture. It is associated with the introduction of Buddhism in China and has become a symbol of purity and peace
  • The Chinese were actually not very successful in breeding horses as the land was often not fertile enough to provide sufficient grazing material for the animals
  • During the Tang dynasty, horses danced and performed without riders in the imperial court. These horses were often given wine, and are portrayed in sculpture as bearing ribbons or other accessories and tossing their heads to music

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Antique Chinese Bronze Ming Horse Figure
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Antique Chinese Bronze Ming Horse Figure
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$101 Bid
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Antique Chinese Carved Wood Horse Architectural Salvage
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Large Chinese Han Terracotta Horse Torso
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Large Chinese Han Terracotta Horse Torso
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Chinese Terracotta Model of a Horse Torso and Head
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Mar 12, 9:00 PM EDT
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Stunning Chinese Classic Tang Horse Bronze Sculpture
Mar 19, 9:00 PM EDT
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QING DYNASTY ENAMEL AND GILT WAR HORSE
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Est: $7,000- $8,000
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OGGETTISTICA
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OGGETTISTICA
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Est: €1,000- €1,100
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BLUE GREEN GLAZED POTTERY HORSE FIGURINE
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BLUE GREEN GLAZED POTTERY HORSE FIGURINE
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Est: $400- $600
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OGGETTISTICA
Mar 06, 10:30 AM CET
OGGETTISTICA
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Est: €50- €60
€500 Bids
Tang Dynasty Influenced Metal Samurai Horse
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
Tang Dynasty Influenced Metal Samurai Horse
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A GROUP OF FIVE CINNABAR LACQUER HORSE FIGURINES
Mar 02, 12:00 PM PST
A GROUP OF FIVE CINNABAR LACQUER HORSE FIGURINES
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Pair of Antique Chinese Jadeite Horse Sculptures
Mar 13, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Antique Chinese Jadeite Horse Sculptures
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QING DYNASTY WHITE JADE MOTHER AND SON HORSE ORNAMENT
by Mega International Auction
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Vintage Chinese Terracotta Horse Sculpture
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Vintage Chinese Terracotta Horse Sculpture
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A Chinese bronze Tang horse 16 x 22 cm.
Mar 01, 10:00 AM GMT
A Chinese bronze Tang horse 16 x 22 cm.
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Est: £40- £60
£40 Bids
Chinese Enameled Bronze Recumbent Horse Sculpture
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Enameled Bronze Recumbent Horse Sculpture
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Est: $600- $800
$1000 Bids
CHINESE CARVED JADE FIGURINE OF HORSE W STAND COA
Mar 02, 10:00 AM EST
CHINESE CARVED JADE FIGURINE OF HORSE W STAND COA
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Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Horse Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures