Stone model of a Horse

Tang Dynasty (618 – 907)

Length: 12 ¼ inches (31 cm)

This extremely rare carved stone horse is depicted arching its neck downwards to bite at its knee. The level of craftsmanship is remarkable, with the hair on the centrally parte mane and the tassels on the horse’s all finely worked.

The horse was of paramount importance both militarily and domestically and formed a highly important part of the Tang potter’s repertoire, with the caparisoned type being especially favoured. This model, with the horse biting at its knee, is exceptionally rare in pottery, and in stone appears to be the only one recorded.