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Tianma was a winged 'celestial' horse in Chinese folklore, similar to the Pegasus of Classical European 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 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 070071491X. 
  2. Kuwayama, George (1997). Chinese ceramics in colonial Mexico. University of Hawaii Press. p. 32. ISBN 0875871798. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ZV_TtfkxYUgC&pg=PA32&dq=tianma+horse&as_brr=3&client=firefox-a#v=onepage&q=tian%20ma&f=false. 


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