Large Chinese Glazed Tang Horse

Circa Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD. 21"h. Tri-color pottery, realistically sculpted with one ear reclining. Saddle intentionally left unglazed. Some original polychrome remaining. Striking, noble and elegant, it demonstrates the high position these powerful steeds held in the minds and lives of the Tang people. They were important not only in providing an efficient mode of travel on the Silk Road but also vital to the military forces defending the borders of Tang China.