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Title

Horse


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This handsome sculptural piece is one of the 'mingqi' funerary pieces placed in Chinese tombs to accompany the deceased in the after-life. The horse is one of the esteemed "blood-sweating" horses from Ferghana to the West of China. Such steeds were much admired by the Chinese and became a sort of status symbol, with the importance of the deceased being reflected in the number and size of such 'mingqi' horses in his tomb.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 June 1987.

Literature: S G Valenstein 'A handbook of Chinese ceramics', The Metrolpolitan Museum of Art, New York 1975.


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

618 CE-907 CE


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware


Dimensions

64.0 x 72.5 x 22.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Lady Drysdale 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

434.1987



Place

Where the work was made
China