Ox (Chinese constellation)

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For the sign of the Chinese zodiac, see Ox (zodiac).
Niú Xiù map

The Ox mansion (牛宿, pinyin: Niú Xiù) is one of the Twenty-eight mansions of the Chinese constellations. It is one of the northern mansions of the Black Tortoise.


English name Chinese name European constellation Number of stars Representing
Ox Capricornus 6 The ox hanged by the rope
Celestial Farmland 天田 Capricornus/Microscopium 4 Son from heaven
Nine Water Wells 九坎 Microscopium 4 Nine irrigation wells
Drum at the River 河鼓 Aquila 3 Military drums in the sky
Weaving Girl 織女 Lyra 3 The girl who skilled in weaving of fairy folk
Left Flag 左旗 Aquila/Sagitta 9 Banners in the left
Right Flag 右旗 Aquila 9 Banners in the right
Celestial Drumstick 天桴 Aquila 4 Drum at the River stick
Network of Dykes 羅堰 Capricornus 3 Mound for irrigation system
Clepsydra Terrace 漸臺 Lyra 4 Water for clepsydra
Imperial Passageway 輦道 Lyra/Cygnus 5 Passage for imperial chariot