Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse and Musician Rider
This rare and interesting pottery model was made during the early part of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). It is made from a buff-coloured pottery and is quite "heavily-potted". It has been "cold painted" in a base coat of white pigment on top of which details have been picked out in red and black pigments. The rider represents a musician and has his hand raised to his mouth in the act of holding his instrument, presumably a flute or similar. On the inner surface of the horse's body are the remains of ancient root/plant growths from its long burial.
Height 32 cm (12.5 inches). Looking inside the horse's body shows the exposed end of one of the original iron pins that were used to strengthen the legs during manufacture, as is often seen on this type of heavily-potted early Tang horse. However, iron rusts and expands which invariably results in damage to the horse's legs on this type of model, leading to repair/restoration of the legs and base. The tail has also clearly been broken and re-stuck. Overall though, this is a rare and unusual example in good presentable condition and is available to view at our gallery.
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