AGE: – 618 AD. – 907 AD.
CONSTRUCTION: – Terracotta
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta White horse
HEIGHT: – 43.5cm
WIDTH: – 18.5cm
WEIGHT: – 5.25 kg.
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Chinese Tang Dynasty Terracotta White horse – The significance of the horse from the Han dynasty to the Tang Dynasty was a symbol of political power, military strength, mobility and multi-culturalism as well as reflecting the wealth and rank of the deceased in whose tomb these miniature ceramic horses’ were placed and was a common feature .
From the Han Dynasty up until the Ming dynasty the horse was a common feature in tomb objects. They were usually mass produced with the use of molds and varied in size from miniature to life size as can be seen in those of the mausoleum in which the famous Terracotta armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China were discovered in 1974.
Tang horses as opposed to the Han style horse were often of the three coloured sancai glaze variety or cold painted with coloured pigments over a white slip wearing embellishments such as tassels, shell shaped bells hanging from the neck and elaborate bridles found in many of the Eastern Wei style horse (534 AD. – 550 AD. )
Horses also played a major role during the Tang Dynasty in recreational activities such as polo and hunting. The position of a person in society was often reflected in how many horses he owned and was demonstrated in the colourful and detailed dressage of the “Dancing or prancing” horse which were displayed in court ceremonies.