Ox King and Horse King|
In ancient China, rural people worshipped the Ox King and Horse King.
They acknowledged the role oxen and horses had played in the
development of agriculture and believed they
shouldn't be forgotten. Here, the Ox King looks like a venerable scholar
, corresponding to the ox's slow movement and endurance, whereas the
Horse King appears as a masked military officer with four arms
, symbolizing the horse's fiery disposition and quick movements. The
suckling calf and newborn colt in the foreground signify the
farmers' desire that the gods bless them with bumper harvests and
healthy domestic animals.