Small Chinese Northern Wei Dynasty Painted Pottery Pack Horse (AD 386 - 534)
This rare and unusually small pottery model of a pack horse, or pony, was made during the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386 - 534). It is made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted" with traces of red and white pigments remaining. Note the detail of the saddle bags and pack. Interestingly, on the surface of the back left hoof is a heavy rust deposit suggesting this horse lay alongside an iron object during its long burial.
Height 16.5 cm (6.5 inches), length 20 cm (8 inches). Condition is very good; looking inside the heavily-potted body shows no sign of repair. A chip to one ear has been built-up and it would be sensible to assume that the fragile legs and base have had some degree of repair, although none is immediately obvious.
This item is available to view at our gallery.
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