Horse, 600s–700s. Tang dynasty (618–907), China.
Glazed earthenware; 20 x 7 1/2 x 21 in.
Denver Art Museum: Bequest of Bernadette Berger, 2017.43
Bridled and Saddled Horse
600s–700s, Tang dynasty (618–907)
Bequest of Bernadette Berger
With its orange-glazed body, the accenting detail of a bright green bridle, and its cream-colored patches, mane, and tail, this robust horse displays the three-color (sancai) glaze combination associated with classic Tang dynasty sculpture. With increasing connections between China and Persia and West Asia in the early Tang dynasty, a sizable number of tall, powerful horses were brought to China. They were greatly admired by the Tang court and the aristocracy, and ceramic horses from this period were modeled on these imported horses.
- Linking Asia, Denver Art Museum, 12/17/2017 – 4/1/2018