HorseOn Display

Horses were of tremendous importance to the ancient Chinese. Invested with sanctity by tradition and revered as a relative of the dragon, the horse became an instrument of military and diplomatic policy, as well as a status symbol by the Tang dynasty (618-906). Imported from various parts of Central Asia and even further afield, foreign horses of many breeds and varieties are found in Chinese art in this period of peace and prosperity.

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  • Tang dynasty (618-906), About 710
  • 25 x 26 x 7 in. (63.5 x 66 x 17.8 cm)
  • 1989.51
  • Partial gift from Dr. and Mrs. M. Bruce Sullivan and Museum purchase with funds provided by the 1988 Museum Dinner and Ball