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Eastern Han period, 1st-2nd century CE

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Chinese
Title: Horse
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Creation Start Date: 1
Creation End Date: 199
Creation Date: Eastern Han period, 1st-2nd century CE
Creation Place: China
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Bronzes
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: 2 3/8 x 2 1/8 x 5/8 in. (6 x 5.4 x 1.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: Asia Society
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1979.106
Credit Line: Asia Society: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection
Context: During the Han dynasty (206 BCE-CE 220), bronze was used to make a wide range of vessels as well as weights, tallies, tomb sculptures, lamps, censers, coins, mirrors, and other objects. The function of this small bronze image of a standing horse is unclear. Horses made of either ceramic or bronze were commonly used as tomb sculptures through the entire Han period, and their popularity reflects the role of the horse as a luxury. The short legs, stubby body, knotted tail, and arched neck of this horse are typical of sculptures of horses during the Eastern Han dynasty (25-220 CE), helping to date this work to the 1st or 2nd century CE.
Related Document Description: Asia Society. Handbook of the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection. New York: Asia Society, [1981], p. 51.
Related Document Description: Gesellschaft fur Ostasiatische Kunst und der Preussischen Akademie der Kunste Berlin. Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst. Berlin: Wurfel Verlag, 1929, p. 75.
Related Document Description: Sotheby and Co. Early Chinese Ceramics, Bronzes, and Jades, the Property of Mrs. E. Bennett (auction, London, Mary 24, 1955), p. 10.
Related Document Description: Sotheby and Co. Important Collections of Chinese Ceramics, the Property of the Late Mrs. Walter Sedgwick (auction, London, July 2, 1968), p. 10.
AMICA ID: ASIA.1979.106
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, Asia Society

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