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Object Number: C469
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: Tang Dynasty
Early Date: 618
Late Date: 906
Section:Asian
Materials:Ceramic
Pigment
Technique:Painted
Unglazed
Fired
Iconography:Horse
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1925

Description

Painted pottery horse richly caparisoned. Saddle cloth painted to represent brocade borders. 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. Fine white clay; not glazed. Painted in unfired pigments.


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