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Mortuary Figurine

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Object Number:C694
Current Location: Asia Galleries
Currently On Display
Culture:Chinese
Provenience: China
Period: Tang Dynasty
Date Made: 8th Century CE
Early Date: 700
Late Date: 799
Section:Asian
Materials:Ceramic
Pigment
Technique:Fired
Painted
Iconography:Horse
Credit Line:Purchased from C. T. Loo, 1928

Description

Funerary figurine of a painted pottery horse with its head up. This horse would have been placed in tombs with other objects that were important to take into the afterlife. The Bactrian horse, depicted here, with slender legs and a massive body, was imported from the greater Iran area. Replacing the small and stocky Mongolian breeds, the Bactrian became the favorite among royalty. There were likely harnesses and riding gear in the figures' original state, along with real horsehair for the mane and tail. C694 and C695 are a pair.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

China Gallery (22 Feb 2017) View Objects in Exhibition
Chinese Rotunda (1968 - 22 Feb 2017) View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Article] Fernald, Helen E. 1925. "Mortuary Figures of the T'ang Dynasty". The Museum Journal. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Vol. XVI. no. No. 3. pg. 153-181 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: pg. 166View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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