Tang Dynasty Unglazed White Pottery Horse
HEIGHT: – 34 cm
LENGTH: – 30cm
WEIGHT: – 1.55kg
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Tang Dynasty Unglazed White Pottery Horse figures were popular objects during the Tang dynasty (618–907), and were made purely for burial purposes, they were never intended to be handled nor have any useful purpose other than to accompany the deceased into the afterlife, these objects are referred to as ming qi. Mingqi means “spirit objects” or “vessels for ghosts” in Chinese.
Horses were usually modelled with realistic details and expressive postures, the most popular were the glazed Sancai tri-coloured type, sometimes with traces of other colours and made in different sizes and presented in a variety of postures. The white-coloured pottery horses were covered with a white slip which may also have reflected the influence of the Persian and Central Asian cultures which favoured white horses.