Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 14, 2013

Horse

Horse

late 600s–800

Glazed earthenware, sancai (three-color) ware

Overall: 76.8 cm (30 1/4 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1955.295

Did you know?

Sancai (three-color) glazes in green, amber, and transparent white show the high social status of the tomb’s occupant.

Description

This ceramic horse was part of a set of figures depicting a procession, all of which was included in the tomb of a person of high rank. In ancient China tombs were equipped with all the items it was thought to be needed in the afterlife—including horses, as an essential mode of transportation.

See also
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Credit line: 
Anonymous Gift

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