Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Saddled Horse (AD 618 - 906)
This pottery model of a saddled horse was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It is of a good size, but fairly "crudely" made, although there is good detail to the head. The body has been made in a two-piece mould and the legs carved. It stands on a thick open-cut base. There is a groove down the neck and a hole in the rear end where originally, we assume ,would have been placed proper horse hair, now, of course, long since lost. Whether or not this horse originally had ears we do not know. It has been cold-painted with white pigment on top of which, on the blanket under the saddle, are remains of black pigment.
Height 29 cm (11.5 inches). There are various repairs, most noticeably to the legs and base that have been broken and re-stuck in several places.
This item is available to view at our gallery.
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