A powerfully proportioned Mingqi tomb pottery horse with traces of red polychrome colors. Absolutely wonderful energy with original red polychrome paint which alludes to famous triumphant battles where horses were painted red in symbolic gestures. This horse shows the perfect form of the Tang form. Please feel free to make a reasonable offer.
Terracotta. Tang Dynasty (618 AD-906 AD)
Measures: Height 12.5 inches, length 11 inches, depth 4.25 inches. Condition: Very Good, Possible tail repair.
Provenance: From the Private Collection of Morton & Kathleen Sachs of Louisville, Kentucky acquired from TK Asian Antiquities (Williamsburg, VA) in 2000.
As horses were often symbols of the afterlife, this funerary statue seems to be ready to bear his owner into the afterlife. Horses held particular significance with Tang rulers and aristocrats, who relied on them for military preparedness and diplomatic policy. In addition, horses were also revered for their religious significance: ancient tradition linked them to the dragon, designating them as supernatural creatures. Clearly, this horse was a beloved creature buried alongside the deceased to accompany him throughout eternity. Wearing a harness and saddle, the horse is ready to gallop across the eternal fields of the afterlife, carrying the spirit of the deceased upon its back.