Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

Monumental Han Dynasty Terracotta Horse - TL Tested - China, '206 BC–220 AD'

US$118,750

About

A massive pottery horse with separately made head and tail, standing on all fours and striding with its right hoof forward. Extended snout ends in parted lips showing teeth beneath in a braying attitude. Low relief bridle on face and well defined eyes. Raised mane down back of the neck. Reassembled from mostly large fragments with restoration over the break-lines and some new fill. A fantastic example of the Han Dynasty Horse, during this period the prized horse came from the Ferghama Valley in Central Asia, now Afghanistan. Large, exquisite walking Ferghana horses with great attention paid to anatomical detail were the choice of the wealthy. The horse was second only in importance to the dragon. It was supposed to possess magical powers which the early Chinese were eager to explore. It would be the horse that would carry the deceased to the next life and it would be the amount of horses that an individual owned that would guarantee his ongoing status in the hereafter. Impressive Museum Masterpiece. Private NYC Collection. Thermoluminescence certificate from Oxford Labs included. The Han dynasty was the second imperial dynasty of China (206 BC–220 AD), preceded by the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC). Spanning over four centuries, the Han period is considered a Golden Age in Chinese history. To this day, China's majority ethnic group refers to themselves as the "Han people”. The emperor was at the pinnacle of Han society. He presided over the Han government but shared power with both the nobility and appointed ministers who came largely from the scholarly gentry class. Around the turn of the millennium, Han tomb architectural styles morphed from pits into multi-chambered underground dwellings, often with elaborate carvings and wall paintings. Many shrines in turn were covered with low-relief carvings depicting paradises and stories underscoring Confucian virtues like filial piety and loyalty. The shrines and spirit paths became an important way for the living to proclaim the deceased family member’s and their own commitment to Confucian values. Ultimately, funerary objects such as mingqi worked in concert with other funerary objects, tomb architecture, shrines, and spirit-road sculptures to achieve a goal that exceeded the well-being of the family. According to Confucian doctrine, when every person performed their prescribed social role to perfection, the cosmos would achieve harmony. By ensuring the well-being of the dead, the living promoted accord in the celestial realm and in their own terrestrial existence.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 43 in. (109.22 cm)Width: 37 in. (93.98 cm)Depth: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Style
    Han (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    206 BC-220 AD
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Reassembled from mostly large fragments with restoration over the break-lines and some new fill.
  • Seller Location
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, MX
  • Reference Number
    Seller: CH-0891stDibs: LU317239218301

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
3.7 / 5
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
1stDibs seller since 2017
15 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 19 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Pair of Han Dynasty Terracotta Horses, China, '206 BC-220 AD'
Located in Miami, FL
A one piece pottery horse, standing on all fours and striding with its right hoof forward. Extended snout ends in parted lips showing teeth beneath in a braying attitude. Low relief ...
Category

20th Century Chinese Han Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Ancient China Monumental Stone Ram Han Dynasty, 206BC-220AD
Located in Shelburne, VT
China, a votive model of a stone ram, Han dynasty (206BC-220AD) Dimensions: 45cm, 18 inches high and 65cm, 26 inches length and 25cm, 10 inches wide A strongly conceived and rob...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Limestone

Northern Wei Dynasty Terracotta Horses, TL Tested, '386 AD-535 AD'
Located in Miami, FL
A massive pottery pair of horses standing on all fours and striding with its right hoof forward. Extended snout ends in parted lips showing teeth beneath in a braying attitude. Low r...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Massive Chinese Han Dynasty Sichuan Terracotta Pottery Horse, Oxford TL Tested
Located in Greenwich, CT
A massive Chinese Han dynasty Sichuan terracotta pottery figure of a horse Han dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) Powerfully modelled in a pose of alert attention, its strong neck and head po...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Terracotta

Chinese Ancient Stone Male Figure, 206 BC-220 AD
Located in Shelburne, VT
China, a rare hand carved stone male figure from the Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE). Dimensions: 16 inches tall on its custom stand and and 6 inches wide Condition: old patina wi...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Terracotta

Western Han Dynasty 206 BC-24 AD Chinese Figurine with Original Polychromy
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Western Han dynasty period armless figurine with original polychromy. Born in China during the Western Han dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), this half-naked and armless figurine feat...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Dog Mingqi Sculpture, circa 202 BC-200 AD
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Chinese Han Dynasty terracotta dog Mingqi sculpture circa 202 BC-200 AD with traces of original pigmentation. Created in China during the Han Dynasty, this ancient terracotta sculp...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Clay and Polychrome Cocoon Vase, Han Dynasty ‘206-BC-220 AD’, China
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Clay and polychrome cocoon vase, Han Dynasty (206-BC – 220 AD), China This vessel exemplifies the calm elegance typical of Han Dynasty pieces; the unusual Silhouette, graceful and...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Antiquities

Materials

Ceramic

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery