Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Chinese Art : Tang Horses : Tang Sculpture of a Horse
Click to view original image.
Tang Sculpture of a Horse - PF.6171
Origin: China
Circa: 618 AD to 907 AD
Dimensions: 16" (40.6cm) high
Collection: Chinese
Medium: Terracotta

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
The great influence of the horse throughout the history of China cannot be underestimated. In fact, the ancient expansion of the Chinese Empire was due in large part to the horse. The rapid mobility of horse 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 local Mongol pony) led to the creation 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. Horses were believed to be related to mythological dragons, reflecting their sacred status within society. During the Tang Dynasty, the adoration of the horse can be seen through their burial art. Horse models excavated from mausoleums of the period are among the most splendid and easily recognizable works of Chinese art. This type of horse is known as “Fongxiang,” after the area near the city of X’ian, the modern name for the ancient Tang capital Chang’an. Fongxiang horses are primarily painted in subdued hues of red, white, and occasionally yellow. Such horses are also distinctive for their typically strong necks and relatively small aquiline heads. Also, their bodies are invariably well rounded, especially their haunches. This Fongxiang horse has an elegant, multicolor coat. The majority of his body is painted a brilliant crimson while his neck and head are white. Most charming is the painted, well- defined eyes that imbue the sculpture with an aura of life. When gazing into the eyes of this delightful sculpture, we become aware of the reverence the Chinese held for this majestic creature. - (PF.6171)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2022 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting