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Pair of Massive Walking Horses, Tang (618 - 907)
Category: Asian Art
SubType: Ceramics
Origin: China
Era: pre 1600
Height: 35 Inches inches
Depth: 31 inches inches
Price: Upon Request
Unusually large pair of painted pottery horses modeled in a free standing, vigorous walking pose. One horse, painted in a buff tone strides forward with head held high, the well articulated features of the face evoking a determined air, the forelock divided frames the face and there is a runnel down the mane that would have held real hair. On his broad, high back sits a leopard spotted saddle cloth with a cloth covered and knotted saddle above, the tail is docked and bound. The other, white painted, animal moves forward with head lowered in compliment to his pair. The horse also shares the same level of fine attention to detail in the superb rendering of musculature, refined facial features and overall attention to detail. In keeping with such pairs, the saddle is treated differently, with a large, single well-draped textile covering the saddle that is clearly outlined beneath.

Such pairs of horses modeled with such acute detail and power and of such generous proportion are rare. During the seventh century the bodies for such pottery figures were rich in iron and as such difficult to manipulate and often included interior iron frameworks for support. To achieve such a successful pair on this scale constitutes an artistic tour de force and would have been reserved for a dignitary of the highest level.

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