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An image of A massive earthenware horse by

Sichuan Province, China

A massive earthenware horse
Place of origin
Sichuan ProvinceChina
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
1st century-2nd century
Media category
Materials used
buff-grey earthenware with a chestnut coloured glaze and some green glaze splashed on the mane; modelled with minimal harness detail

108.5 x 31.0 x 103.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr Ronald Shen 2000
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In recent years a number of these distinctively modelled horses, with tubular bodies, overly large and thick necks, and flaring nostrils, have been recovered from tombs and burial sites in Sichuan province in Southwest China. Clearly related to the slightly more refined styles of such figures from the metropolitan north, in and around the then capital in Shaanxi province, these Sichuan horses are distinguished by their scale, their often cumbersome appearance and their generally startling demeanour.

Asian Art. Dept., AGNSW, August 2000.

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