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A massive earthenware horse

1st century-2nd century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sichuan Province China
    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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sichuan Province