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Lot 97, Auction 12/5/2018: Rare Chinese Sui Dynasty Glazed Pottery Horse

Far East, China, Sui Dynasty, ca. 581 to 618 CE. Scarcer than the pottery horses of the succeeding Tang Dynasty, a finely molded glazed terracotta horse standing upon an integral plinth created during the relatively short lived Sui Dynasty. This noble steed wears a finely modelled saddle with a skirt and pommel as well as a delineated bridle. Its facial expression connotes intense determination as the animal bites on its bit and looks downward with wide opened eyes and a pronounced, well-manicured mane, all characteristic of the Sui style which signified the emerging penchant for increased naturalism in Chinese pottery style that would evolve in the coming centuries. Adding to its beauty are the remains of red, green, black, brown, and creamy white pigment. Size: 13.75" L x 13.625" H (34.9 cm x 34.6 cm)

Who can say enough about the influence of the horse throughout the history of China! The horse played a significant role in the unification of the Chinese Empire, as the ancients could communicate to parties near and far due to the great speed of these noble steeds. The horse also assisted the military to conquer distant lands and grow the empire. As the desire for stronger, faster breeds grew, the ancients imported horses from Central Asia, leading to the creation of the famous Silk Road.

Condition: Tail reattached and nicks to plinth as shown. Expected surface wear with pigment loss, though some pigment has survived. Overall very good.

Provenance: Haig's of Rochester, Minnesota, USA

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