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Object Number: C695
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 8th Century
Early Date: 700
Late Date: 799
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1928


Funerary figurine. Painted pottery horse. Head curved down. This horse would have been placed in tombs with other objects that were important to take into the afterlife. The Bactrian horse, depicted here, with slender legs and a massive body, was imported from the greater Iran area. Replacing the small and stocky Mongolian breeds, the Bactrian became the favorite among royalty. There were likely harnesses and riding gear in the figures' original state, along with real horsehair for the mane and tail. C694 and C695 are a pair.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1929. Two Sections of Chinese Fresco Newly Acquired. The Museum Journal. Volume XX (No. 2): 119-130. : Page/Fig./Plate: 119-130View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Fernald, H. E. 1925. Mortuary Figures of the T'ang Dynasty. The Museum Journal. Volume XVI (No. 3): 153-181. : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 169View Objects cited in this Publication

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