Horse

A work made of earthenware.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of earthenware.

Date:

5th–6th century

Artist:

Japan

About this artwork

This haniwa is a representation of a fully decorated horse, complete with saddle, stirrups, and bell ornaments on its front and back. The strap at the front has an incised chevron pattern, and the metal ring (suwari kanagu) used to gather up the leather straps at the back of a horse can be clearly seen. Excavated in Ibaragi prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, such a horse would have likely been at the front of a burial mound, in an area filled with a variety of figurines, as well as animal forms, perhaps meant to represent the possessions the deceased hoped to take with him after death. Horse breeds from the Asian continent proved to be effective militarily and quickly became symbols of wealth and power. Horses have also long been considered divine beings with special spiritual abilities.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 102

Title

Horse

Origin

Japan

Date

401 AD–500 AD

Medium

Earthenware

Dimensions

79 × 84.5 × 28.5 cm (31 1/8 × 33 1/4 × 11 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Allerton

Reference Number

1957.248

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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