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    • Glazed Earthenware Horse
    • Glazed Earthenware Horse
    Glazed Earthenware Horse

    Tang: ceramics, metalwork and sculpture

    21 October - 6 November, 2021

    Eskenazi Limited is delighted to hold an exhibition entirely devoted to rare works of art including ceramics, sculpture and metalwork from the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907 AD), often called the golden age of Chinese culture. This is only the second time that Eskenazi has held an exhibition covering a wide range of material, solely dedicated to the Tang Dynasty. The first was in 1987. Notable highlights of this 2021 exhibition include a magnificent and monumental dry lacquer head of a bodhisattva, one of only three known surviving examples of this kind and a rare sancai-glazed zodiac animal figure with a human body and an equine head

    Glazed Earthenware Horse

    Tang dynasty, 8th century

    Powerfully modelled, with head turned to the left, this amber-glazed horse is an indication of the high value placed on horses during the Tang dynasty. Apart from their use by the government and military, horses were key in elite pastimes such as hunting and polo, with sumptuary laws governing their use. The inclusion of a large earthenware horse such as this one in a tomb was an important indicator of status and rank.

    Height: 54.5cm Length: 56.0cm