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Pair of Painted Pottery Horses with Detachable Saddles - LA.524b
Origin: China
Circa: 618 AD to 906 AD
Dimensions: 13.75" (34.9cm) high
Collection: Chinese Art
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: sold

Location: Great Britain
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The T’ang Dynasty was a golden age of Chinese culture. The arts reached new levels of sophistication. Poetry and literature flourished under the enlightened rulership. The Silk Road brought fortunes into China on the backs of camels, carrying exotic luxury items from distant lands. Foreign merchants from across Central Asia and the Middle East settled in the urban centers of the T’ang China, foremost among them the thriving capital of Chang’an (modern X’ian), a bustling cosmopolitan center of over two million inhabitants. The T’ang Dynasty was a relatively stable period of great prosperity representing one of the greatest cultural flourishings in human history. The great influence of the horse throughout the history of China cannot be underestimated. In fact, the ancient unification of the Chinese Empire was due in large part to the speed and stamina of the horse. Their rapid mobility allowed for quick communication between far away provinces. Likewise, the military role of horses aided in the conquest and submission of distant lands. The need to import stronger, faster steeds from Central Asia (as opposed to the native Mongol pony) encouraged the development of the Silk Road. The importance of the horse in the history and culture of China can be viewed, in part, through the artistic legacy of this great civilization. In sculpture, painting, and literature, horses were glorified and revered, believed to be relatives of dragons, a theory reflecting their sacred status within society. The adoration that Chinese society held for the horse during the T’ang era can be seen in their burial art. Horse models excavated from mausoleums of the period are among the most splendid and easily recognizable works of Chinese art. - (LA.524b)

 

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