Horse God, Update

Back in April, I wrote a post about the horse god Ma Wang and his temple at Juyongguan, the site outside of Beijing where construction on (the Qin Dynasty precursor to) the Great Wall began.

At the time, I only had two photographs from inside the temple: one showed a statue with a yellow face, and the other a statue with a green face. I was unsure which represented Ma Wang, the Horse King/God.

As it turns out, neither. The representation of Ma Wang is not green or yellow, but red. I’m guessing that the green and yellow-faced statues are attendants of Ma Wang.

Also, there is apparently some sort of riddle about the number of eyes this statue of Ma Wang has. You can only barely see it in this photograph from the front, but the statue actually has three faces, each with three eyes.

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