Image Resources | Currently on View in Alice and Leonard Berkowitz Gallery

saddled horse

Tang dynasty


Size indicates that this horse was made for someone from the highest ranks of society.

Horses were highly valued for the military and for activities such as polo. The most prized horses were the tall and powerful breeds, descendents of the "dragon seed"

imported from the West.

The Tang dynasty began with 5,000 horses and 50 years later boasted herds numbering 706,000.

[Howard Hollis]; purchased by Eli Lilly in 1996; given to The Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1960.

Object Information

nationality
Chinese
dynasty
Tang dynasty
creation date
early 700s
materials
earthenware with glaze
dimensions
26 x 27 in.
accession number
60.75
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
colors