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Indonesian Majapahit pottery money bank horseman, 13th.-14th. cent


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Sculpture: Pre 1492: Item # 1405888
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An interesting massive pottery sculpture of a horseman as a Money bank, Indonesian, Majapahit Empire, 13th.-14th. century AD.

One of the worlds oldest Money banks! As likely made with inspiration from the Chinese Tang Dynasty, this Majapahit pottery figure was made as a Horseman, warrior seated on a massive horse, his right arm holding a sword, partly lost, but with the hand holding the sword still present on the neck of the beast. Coin / money slut in the back of the horse, which is hollow to allow it to hold many coins. Extremely rare! Only the pigs are common, all other money bank animals are very rarely seen.

Majahapit: Majapahit was the largest empire ever to form in Southeast Asia. As temporary with the Yuan and Early Ming Dynasties, the Majapahit Empire became a dominant world power in the 13th.-15th. century unders ruler like Hayam Wuruk. Majapahit was an empire of 98 tributaries, stretching from Sumatra to New Guinea;consisting of present-day Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, southern Thailand, East Timor, Sulu Archipelago and other parts of the Philippines.

Size: 27 cm. tall and ca. 30 cm. long.

Condition: Nice and typical for it's type; parts of riders right arm lost, several rough repairs and can be restored to it's former beauty, with a rather small effort!

Ex. Old Swedish Collection, formerly in an Indonesian professors collection, bought in the 1970s-1980s.
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