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A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A PRANCING HORSE
TANG DYNASTY, 7TH / 8TH CENTURY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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599
A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A PRANCING HORSE
TANG DYNASTY, 7TH / 8TH CENTURY
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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A PAINTED POTTERY FIGURE OF A PRANCING HORSE
TANG DYNASTY, 7TH / 8TH CENTURY
well-modeled in spirited pose with a briskly raised right foreleg and head uplifted, mouth agape, flaring nostrils and bulging eyes, the animal's features finely detailed with forelock swept back towards the full, flowing mane falling just short of the well-articulated saddle with stirrups, the ornamented bridle and harness suspending embossed bells, traces of red and black pigments over white slip
Height 25 1/4  in., 64. 1 cm
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Provenance

Collection of Arthur B. Michael (1853-1942), Newton Center, Massachusetts (bequest of 1942).
Collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, no. 1942:16.19.
Sotheby's New York, 20th March 2007, lot 509.

Literature

Andrew C. Ritchie, Catalogue of the Paintings and Sculpture in the Permanent Collection, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, 1949, cat. no. 214.
Steven A. Nash, with Katy Kline, Charlotta Kotik and Emese Wood, Albright-Knox Art Gallery:Painting and Sculpture from Antiquity to 1942, New York, 1979, p. 106.

Catalogue Note

With its dynamic pose and well-defined musculature, the horse conveys a lively sense of energy which is heightened by the whinnying implied by its open mouth and pleasant jingling of moving bells. The long elegant mane and prancing position represent one of a highly desirable and rare group of trained dancing horses that were much in demand by the imperial household and its guests. 

Important Chinese Art

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