Mingqi - Terracotta - An authentic and Musuem Quality standing Horse - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)

Mingqi - Terracotta - An authentic and Musuem Quality standing Horse - China - Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Very good condition, see description - 43.5×48.5×19 cm


Extremely expressive horse, standing still on a rectangular plinth.

He seems ready to move, his prominent muscles conveying a feeling of contained energy.

The very expressive head is slightly turned to the right, the eyes are in black polychromy , the jaws well designed, and the forehead displays a fold aligned with the axis of the mane that ends surrounding the ears, indicating a parade horse.

He has remarkably short pasterns, auguring elastic gaits.

The stylized mane seems to be braided all along the neck. The tail is also braided, held with a twist tie.

The saddle and the saddle pad are removable, which is very seldom seen. The sculpture is made of grey terracotta, covered with beige slip with orange highlights.


Late 7th century

!!! Confirm by a TL test realized in april 2001 !!!


Excellent condition. Some minor parts of the slip missing. Original polychrome

Please check pictures for global condition


French Private Collection Doctor P. Bernades

Certificate of examination made in May 2001.


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Lot details
Tang Dynasty (618-907)
Region/ Country of origin
Title of artwork
An authentic and Musuem Quality standing Horse
Very good condition, see description
43.5×48.5×19 cm
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