A Fine Chinese Terracotta Model of a Prancing Horse, Tang Dynasty

A Fine Chinese Terracotta Model of a Prancing Horse, Tang Dynasty

618 to 907 China

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The elegant horse finely modelled shown striding forward with right foreleg raised and head held high, with flared nostrils and mouth open, the docked main sweeping down the neck to the bright ochre fur saddlecloth, the saddle concealed beneath secured by bridle and crupper straps hung with leaf-shaped pendants.
Minor restoration. Originally excavated from Shanxi Province, North-west China. This is an excellent example of a large horse with naturalistic and vivid modelling. The colour of the saddle is also remarkably preserved.
Sotheby’s New York, 1st April 2005, lot 265.
Formerly in a private American collection
Compare a Tang prancing horse from the Shanxi History Museum, illustrated in World of the the Heavenly Khan, National Palace Museum, Taipei, 2002, p.129 left.
Dimensions
Height 70.00 cm (27.56 inches)
Stock Code
1565
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