Loan Object

Horse

early 8th century c.e.

Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze

22 1/2 x 24 x 11 in. (57.2 x 60.96 x 27.94 cm)
Lent by H. Christopher Luce, B.A. 1972
ILE2011.4.1
The bright, multicolored glazes covering the surface of this horse illustrate the development of the three-color, or sancai, tradition in China in the late seventh and early eighth centuries C.E. Various combinations of amber, green, and white glazes decorate ceramic models and vessels found exclusively in imperial and aristocratic tombs. The acquisition of long-legged horses from the region of present-day Afghanistan—which were faster and more maneuverable than the smaller native species—was a preoccupation of the ruling elite, who also included clay representations of these animals in their tombs.
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Classification: 
Sculpture
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
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