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A set of 3 Horses and Musician Riders - RL.1200
Origin: China
Circa: 618 AD to 907 AD
Dimensions: 19" (48.3cm) high
Collection: Chinese Art
Style: Tang Dynasty
Medium: Terracotta

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The important influence of the horse throughout the history of China cannot be underestimated. In fact, the ancient expansion of the Chinese Empire was due in a large part to the horse. The rapid mobility of horses allowed for enhanced communication between distant provinces. Likewise, the military role of horses facilitated the conquest and submission of other lands as well as securing the borders against barbarian invaders. The need to import stronger, faster steeds from Central Asia (as opposed to the local Mongol pony) contributed to the creation of trading routes along what became known as the Silk Road. The significance of the horse in the history and culture of China can be viewed, in part, through the artistic legacy of this great civilisation. In sculpture, painting and literature, horses are frequently glorified and revered as distant relatives of sacred, mythological dragons.

During the Tang dynasty the adoration of the horse is evident in their burial art. Horse models excavated from mausoleums of the period are among the most celebrated and splendid works of Chinese art. Naturally, owing to their rarity, horses became a status symbol for the aristocratic elite. Polo and other equestrian pastimes became popular. This set of sculpture, depicting musician riders on horseback, two female musicians are dressing in the same attire, one of them is playing flute, the other one is playing small cymbals. The male musician is playing a big horn. The original polychrome remains a lot on the sculpture, we can even see the pattern on the saddle and other details on the horse body.

The majority of Tang horses were produced to accompany the deceased throughout the afterlife. The striking beauty of this work is even more impressive, considering that it was created specifically for internment and was not supposed to be seen by the living. Today, we marvel in the beauty of this sculpture as much as its tremendous history and intriguing legacy. - (RL.1200)


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