A terracotta prancing horse painted in cold pigment
Tang dynasty, 8th century, China
唐 8世紀 中國
Height: 41cm, 16.1 inches
The caparisoned horse stands on a rectangular base the right front leg held high in prancing fashion, the back legs bent and overhanging the base creating a dynamic composition, the horse’s head held high and tucked into the body with open mouth. The mane hangs down to the left side in long strands and the tail is tied by a knot, the terracotta surface covered in a white slip pigment, with areas of red pigment decoration.