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Object Number: C396
Current Location: China Gallery
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Shaanxi
Xi'an
Zhaoling
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 649 AD
Early Date: 649
Late Date: 649
Section:Asian
Materials:Limestone
Technique:Carved
Bas Relief
Iconography:Tang Taizong Horse
Horse
Quanmaogua
拳毛騧
Height: 166.4cm
Length: 207cm
Width: 44.4cm
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo; Subscription of Eldridge R. Johnson, 1920

Description

Emperor Taizong made his reputation as a great leader through military victories that extended China's borders beyond the empire he inherited from his father, who had founded the Tang dynasty in 618 CE. Of the thousands of horses who aided the Emperor in his quest for land and military supremacy only six were chosen to be enshrined at his Mausoleum, Zhaoling. Not only did each horse have its own name and unique set of attributes, they each received a laudatory poem composed by the Emperor himself. Their exploits come down to us through written accounts of the battles in which they played a defining role.

Each of the horses depicted on a relief was instrumental in one of his major victories. The horse depicted here is named Curly. Portrayed in paintings with a wavy coat of saffron-yellow hair, he was instrumental in suppressing a dangerous uprising. Although there are nine arrows, six in the front and three in the back sticking out of his body, the horse is shown walking briskly and with a spirit that defies his wounds.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Rotunda (1968)View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition
In A Rush? Take a Quick Tour of The Museum ( Sep 1996 - Jun 1997)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Zhou, Xiuqin. 2009. The Mausoleum of Emperor Tang Taizong. Sino-Platonic Papers. 187 Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Steinhardt, Nancy S. 2008. "The Chinese Rotunda". Arts of Asia. 38 (5): 83-95. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 95, Fig. 32View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Zhou, Xiuqin. 2005. Excavations at Zhaoling, Shaanxi, China: More Light on the Museum's Chinese Horse Reliefs. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 47 (2): 38-39. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Zhou, Xiuqin. 2001. "Emperor Taizong and His Six Horses". Orientations. 32 (2): 40-46. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 41View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 48 Fig. 46View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Fernald, H. E. 1941. In Defense of the Horses of T'ang T'ai Tsung. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (4): 18-28. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 18-28View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ferguson, John C. 1936. The Six Horses of T'ang T'ai Tsung. Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Volume 67 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 61-71View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Ferguson, John C. 1936. The Six Horses of T'ang T'ai Tsung. Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Volume 67 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pp. 1-6, pls. V-VIView Objects related to this Actual Citation
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