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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Set of Four Colored Lithographs of Steeplechase Horses and Riders
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Set of Four Colored Lithographs of Steeplechase Horses and Riders
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$506 Bids
ORREN MIXER (1920-2008) QUARTER HORSE HALL OF FAMER
Oct 22, 1:00 PM CDT
ORREN MIXER (1920-2008) QUARTER HORSE HALL OF FAMER
by Dirk Soulis Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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Boy on Carrousel Horse 01001470 - Lladro Porcelain Figure
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Boy on Carrousel Horse 01001470 - Lladro Porcelain Figure
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $600
$501 Bid
Wood carved hobby horse on wheel
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
Wood carved hobby horse on wheel
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $120- $350
$401 Bid
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PAIR OF PICTURES IN GILT FRAMES DEPICTING HORSES
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
PAIR OF PICTURES IN GILT FRAMES DEPICTING HORSES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Alabama Coin Silver Horse Trophy
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Alabama Coin Silver Horse Trophy
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
A BRONZE GROUP OF HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CET
A BRONZE GROUP OF HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €300- €600
€3000 Bids
Tang Dynasty Bronze Horse Sculpture With Marble Base
Oct 19, 6:00 PM EDT
Tang Dynasty Bronze Horse Sculpture With Marble Base
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
Decorative Metal Horse
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Decorative Metal Horse
by Lettieri Auction & Appraisal
Est: $35- $50
$150 Bids
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Chinese Carved Jade Horse Type Paper Weight
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
Chinese Carved Jade Horse Type Paper Weight
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
Xu Beihong, Galloping Horse
Oct 22, 3:00 PM PDT
Xu Beihong, Galloping Horse
by Peng Long Auction Inc
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
Xu Beihong, Galloping Horse
Oct 22, 3:00 PM PDT
Xu Beihong, Galloping Horse
by Peng Long Auction Inc
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,0000 Bids
Ruhendes Pferd, feine chinesische Jadeschnitzerei, wohl Qing-Zeit
Oct 23, 10:00 AM CEST
Ruhendes Pferd, feine chinesische Jadeschnitzerei, wohl Qing-Zeit
by K&K – Auktionen in Heidelberg
Est: €600- €700
€3600 Bids
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Pair Chinese Glazed Pottery Horse
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
Pair Chinese Glazed Pottery Horse
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $100- $150
$200 Bids
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Massive Chinese Jade Stone Sculpture
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
Massive Chinese Jade Stone Sculpture
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $50- $60
$100 Bids
Large White Jade Figure
Oct 24, 1:00 PM AEDT
Large White Jade Figure
by Arts Of World Auctioneer and Valuer
Est: AUD15,000- AUD80,000
AUD12,0000 Bids
China, Jade Horse, Qing Period Sizes: L =103mm H =118mm Weight (K): 0,358kg Condition
Oct 31, 10:00 AM CET
China, Jade Horse, Qing Period Sizes: L =103mm H =118mm Weight (K): 0,358kg Condition
by Goldfield Auction
Est: €800- €1,000
€8000 Bids
Folk Art Carved Horse and Plow
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Folk Art Carved Horse and Plow
by Caza Sikes
Est: $75- $150
$300 Bids
GILT BRONZE HORSE, HAN DYNASTY, CHINA
Oct 19, 7:00 PM PDT
GILT BRONZE HORSE, HAN DYNASTY, CHINA
by DotDot Art Gallery Inc
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
GILT BRONZE HORSE, HAN DYNASTY, CHINA
Oct 19, 7:00 PM PDT
GILT BRONZE HORSE, HAN DYNASTY, CHINA
by DotDot Art Gallery Inc
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
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Tang Dynasty Polychrome Earthenware Caparisoned Horse with Rider
Oct 24, 10:00 AM CDT
Tang Dynasty Polychrome Earthenware Caparisoned Horse with Rider
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,4000 Bids
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A FULL CARD OF DIV 1 & 3 HORSE BUTTONS
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
A FULL CARD OF DIV 1 & 3 HORSE BUTTONS
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $250- $400
$500 Bids
POLISHED HORSE CANYON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 18, 1:00 PM CDT
POLISHED HORSE CANYON ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
HETIAN JADE 'HORSE' CARVING
Oct 18, 9:00 AM EDT
HETIAN JADE 'HORSE' CARVING
by Merces Gallery LLC
Est: $1,000- $2,500
$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Horse Statues


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Bonhams

Bonhams

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries