Queen Mother of the West, the Taoist goddess who rules over the western paradise. Head of a pantheon of goddesses and female immortals, in her garden, she grows the peaches of immortality for feasts. She is described as having a leopard tail, tiger teeth, a spool-like headdress, sitting on K'un-lun mountain by a sacred tree preparing the elixir of immortality and being accompanied by the jade hare, the three-legged bird, the toad, the nine-tailed fox, and in some accounts, an armed guard.
XI WANGMU | The growing popularity of the Queen Mother of the West, as well as the beliefs that she was the dispenser of prosperity, longevity, and eternal bliss took place during the second century BCE when the northern and western parts of China were able to be better known because of the opening of the Silk Routes.(Mair, 2006)
The Marutas the stormy and wild people depicted here, 7th c. stone relief from Cambodia. @Musée Guimet 897 04.jpg
Xi Wang Mu The taoïst Mother Queen holding the bar Ming Dynasty XV-XVIth century
<禽獣図会 鳳凰 麒麟 : KINJUZUE HOUOH KIRIN> PHOENIX AND CHINESE UNICORN KUNIYOSHI UTAGAWA 1798-1861 Last of Edo Period
Our Lady of the Western Paradise, Bas Relief in Polymer Clay by Pamala Bird. Xi Wang Mu, the Queen Mother of the West, was a mysterious figure from Chinese myth and legends who lived in a palace of pure gold high on the mythical Mount Kunlun. She holds one of her Peaches of Immortality, a mystical fruit that took 3000 years to grow. Whenever she left her Western Paradise she travelled on her sacred Fenghuang, sometimes referred to as the Chinese Phoenix.
The Peaches of Immortality, Queen Mother of the West, Xi Wangmu, Saint Shou (Longevity)