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Hsi Wang Mu Delicately Carved Soapstone
Hsi Wang Mu is the oldest Taoist cult figure, also known as the Queen of the Eight Immortals or Genii. She is first described on oracle bones in the 13th Century B.C. In some myths she holds the herb elixir of immortality and grows peaches in the Taoist paradise called Shou Shan (hills of longevity). The fabled peaches from her garden Hsi Wang Mu bestows on favored beings to increase their longevity.[92H] Hsi Wang Mu is depicted here relaxing on her phoenix, playing a musical instrument. R.L. Hobson believes that Hsi Wang Mu with her attendant phoenix exhibits a strong analogy with Juno and her peacock in Graeco-Roman mythology of the West.[92H] In addition to Hsi Wang Mu's long history and intimate connection with longevity, we see that her custom wood carved base depicts pine, another strong symbol of longevity.[123N] There is a simple symbol "V" (carver's mark) that is found on the bottom of the soapstone and on the wooden base. References and more information available on our website. Size with Stand: ~ 3 3/4" H x 5 1/4" x 3 1/4"; Weight: ~ 420 grams


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