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Flying Horse, East Han Dynasty.Bronze. Gansu Provincial Museum

Tianma, or Tenma, was a wingless 'celestial' horse in Chinese folklore, similar to the Pegasus of Greek tradition.

In the Western Zhou Empire, Tianma referred to the "heavenly horse" constellation.[1] Tianma is also associated with the Han dynasty emperor Wudi, an aficionado of the Central Asian horse.[2] The bronze statue, Gansu Flying Horse, is a well-known example.

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  • "The Palace Museum: Peking" Wan-go Weng/Yang Boda
  1. ^ Rutt, Richard (2002). The book of changes (Zhouyi): a Bronze Age document. Routledge. p. 331. ISBN 0-7007-1491-X. 
  2. ^ Kuwayama, George (1997). Chinese ceramics in colonial Mexico. University of Hawaii Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-87587-179-8.