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Collection

An image of Horse by

China

Title
Horse
Place of origin
China
Period
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
Year
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
Accession number
434.1987
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.