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清中期 穆王八駿圖玉山子
Boulder with the eight horses of King Mu

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Jade (nephrite)
H. 7 3/16 in. (18.3 cm); W. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); D. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Heber R. Bishop, 1902
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 222
King Mu (r. 1001–947 B.C.) was an intrepid adventurer and is said to have traveled to the famous paradise of the immortals on Mount Kunlun as well as to other worldly and not–so–worldly sites. After his adventures, he released his eight favorite horses into a beautiful valley to finish their lives under the care of his charioteer.
Heber R. Bishop , New York (until 1902)
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