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Sancai Horse

Creation date: 8th century
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Ceramic Sculpture
Medium and Support: Earthenware
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by the Helen M. Towle Bequest
Accession Number: 1938.2
Dimensions: 17 3/8 in. x 20 3/8 in. x 6 3/8 in. (44.13 cm x 51.75 cm x 16.19 cm)
Currently on view


Shiota & Co., San Francisco, California ( - February 11 1938)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (February 11, 1938 - )

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This riderless horse is colored in the “three-color” (sancai) glazing that was particularly prevalent on figures of horses made for the royal tombs near Xian, capital of China during the Tang dynasty. The horse stands quietly four-square on a rectangular slab. The realism of the face and muscular body is captured without excessive exaggeration but with forthright simplicity, a sense of power, and brilliantly rich but restrained color that creates an energetic surface.
Last Updated: 8/15/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Horse in Art San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/1963 - 2/24/1963

Art of East Asia San Diego Museum of Art , 2/3/2013 - 8/1/2013

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