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Heavenly Horse, tianma

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Artist

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Title

Heavenly Horse, tianma

Date

Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Medium

Bronze

Dimensions

H: 116 cm

Reference

CVCSC 0363.A

Adoption Status

Available to adopt

Collection

Chinese

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This large horse would have been a funerary offering for the tomb of an élite Chinese man, the intention being for the owner of the tomb to use the horse to pull his chariot in the afterlife. Such large bronze horses were very rare during the Western Han period, becoming more popular during the Eastern Han. It was extremely difficult to produce such large bronze figures in one mould; therefore this stallion is cast in nine close fitting pieces and joined together, an expensive method in terms of labour and material.

Heavenly Horse, tianma Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 220) © Compton Verney

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