An image of Horse

Unknown Artist

Horse

Location
Not on display
Further information

This handsome sculptural piece is one of the 'mingqi' funerary pieces placed in Chinese tombs to accompany the deceased in the after-life. The horse is one of the esteemed "blood-sweating" horses from Ferghana to the West of China. Such steeds were much admired by the Chinese and became a sort of status symbol, with the importance of the deceased being reflected in the number and size of such 'mingqi' horses in his tomb.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 11 June 1987.

Literature: S G Valenstein 'A handbook of Chinese ceramics', The Metrolpolitan Museum of Art, New York 1975.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Tang dynasty 618–907
Year
618 CE-907 CE
Media
Ceramic
Medium
earthenware
Dimensions
64.0 x 72.5 x 22.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Lady Drysdale 1987
Accession number
434.1987