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Tomb Figurines of a Pair of Horses

Tomb Figurines of a Pair of Horses

These black and white tomb figurines are meant to portray rare breeds of horses. The black horse, covered in dark-brown glaze, has an unusual metallic luster. The white horse's strange, pinkish coloring was achieved by coating white clay with a white-slip, spotting with yellow primer, then applying an over-coat of white glaze. The saddles and other trappings are beautifully colored in three-color glazes. Few of the many other existing tomb horses can rival the elaborate workmanship on this pair.

Three-color-glazed pottery
White horse:
Height: 71.2 cm
Length: 82.5 cm
Black horse:
Height: 70.0 cm
Length: 76.5 cm
China, Tang Dynasty (8th Century)
Donated by Mrs. Kinuko Zenidaka
Important Art Object
GK 214
Kyoto National Museum

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