Han Terracotta Sculpture of A Horse head
A finely moulded, hollowed sculpture of a naturalistically depicted horse head which dates to the Han Dynasty. The horse head is depicted with an elegant profile, accentuating the strong masculine physique and natural curve of its neck. It features prominent facial features, including engraved eyes, nostrils and a gaping mouth. This horse head might have been originally painted in polychrome pigments, with visible black pigment surviving on the surface.
Circa 202 BC- AD 220Period:
The Han DynastyProvenance:
From the collection of a West Country gentleman, formed in 1970s.Condition:
Fine condition. Minor chips to the edges, with most of the original pigment visible to the surface
Ancient Chinese terracotta statuettes, naturalistically depicted as animals and human figures that displayed in tombs, are known as Mingqi, having been made to serve the decedents in their afterlife. Images of horses are among the most favoured repertoires that were sculpted in ancient China. Horses have been complimented as the symbol of strength, masculinity, and superiority within traditional Chinese culture.
To discover more about Chinese statuettes of horse, please visit our relevant collection post: The Horse in Chinese Art and Culture