A PAIR OF PAINTED POTTERY HORSES, TANG DYNASTY
A PAIR OF PAINTED POTTERY HORSES
each horse rearing onto the bent back legs while vigorously raising one front leg, the dynamism heightened by the arched neck, wide eyes, flared nostrils, and exposed teeth behind upcurled lips, the saddle blanket and tassels of the strapwork trappings flying outward in motion, traces of pigment (2)
Height 13¾ in., 34.9 cm
One horse with restored breaks to the legs, a section of mane off (by the ear), and some pigments retouched (especially the white). The other horse with restored breaks to the legs, blanket, neck, hips, and torso, and one of the ears off.
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Yamanaka & Company, Osaka, 1936.
Collection of Brigadier General William Cary (1891-1978) and Lois (1896-1988) Crane, and thence by descent.
William Cary Crane 准將 (1891-1978) 及 Lois Crane (1896-1988) 伉儷收藏，此後家族傳承
Brigadier General Crane was a decorated veteran who, among other distinguished positions, served as the military attaché to the U.S. Ambassador in Japan in the 1930s, and became the Chief of Staff of the Southern Defense Command in 1942.