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Ceramic horse
Place of origin
Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
206 BCE-220 CE
Media category
Materials used
grey earthenware, unglazed

28.6 x 39.3 cm

Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This horse is painted white with a red harness (pair with EC4.1962 red with a vermilion harness). The body is simply and formally modelled, the bulging eyes and ears being the only protuberances. The piece is hollow with small holes in the centre of an otherwise flat base, on either side of the mouth and at the tail. The piece originally had wooden legs which have decayed with time. In addition the piece would have had a horse's hair tail attached through the tail hole.

Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Art', AGNSW, 1983. XII (a).

Bibliography (3)

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Asian Art', pg. 106-113, Sydney, 1984, 106 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon, The Australian Antique Collector, 'Chinese tomb figures in the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-101, Chippendale, Jan 1981-Jun 1981, 100 (illus.). 10

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, not paginated. XII. See 'Further Information' for text.

Exhibition history (1)

Early Chinese art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Feb 1983–08 May 1983

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