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Horse
Chinese
Tang Dynasty, 618-907 CE
Height: 6 inches

This horse figure was created during the Tang Dynasty’s rule in China, from 618-907 CE. Art during this period was not created for the collector or domestic use, instead it was used as grave decoration. Typically they were mold-made in mass quantity. Many developments in art took place in the Tang dynasty, such as the invention of colored glazes, sancai, and lustre pigment. Horses were often seen in Chinese art as a representation of leisure activities involving horses (like polo) and the exchanges of equestrian culture on the silk road. This particular horse figure is standing upright and is supported by a rectangular base with a hollow center. It has a trimmed mane and knotted tail.