Horse Head, Partial Tomb Figurine


Horse Head, Partial Tomb Figurine, Han Dynasty, 1st century BCE

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Terra cotta with traces of pigment

Dimensions: 8 1/4 × 11 in. (21 × 27.9 cm)

Gift of Miss Carol C. Pierson, 2005.59

As early as the Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 220), pottery and bronze representations of Central Asian horses were considered essential to the tomb furnishings of high officials. The frequency and exceptional sculptural quality of the pottery horses consigned to tombs of the wealthy in the Tang dynasty illustrate the importance attached to the fine breeds imported from Central Asia-specifically the kingdom of Ferghana. These objects remain for the modern connoisseur among the most recognized creations of the Chinese ceramic sculptor.

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