Chinese horse head



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ITEMHorse head
MATERIALPottery, Terracotta
CULTUREChinese, Han Dynasty
PERIOD206 B.C – 220 A.D
DIMENSIONS155 mm x 150 mm
CONDITIONGood condition
PROVENANCEEx English private collection

Representations of horses, like this finely carved head, were placed in the tombs of important people. Horse head figurines made for funerary purposes have been excavated from tombs dated to the Warring States period (475-220 B.C.E) and throughout the Han period. Horses were highly prized in China after being introduced from the West. Chinese legend tells of a breed of horse called tianma that could run 300 miles a day and sweat blood at the end of the journey.