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Object Number:
C695
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Provenience:
China
Period:
Tang Dynasty
Date Made:
8th Century
Early Date:
700
Late Date:
799
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Clay
Pigment
Technique:
Fired
Painted
Iconography:
Horse
Description:
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.
Credit Line:
Purchased from C. T. Loo

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1929. Two Sections of Chinese Fresco Newly Acquired. The Museum Journal. Volume XX (No. 2): 119-130. : Page/Fig./Plate: 119-130
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[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. 169
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