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Posted 3 years ago


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Cast iron Chinese T’ang horse and rider with sword and what appears to be an axe, Lost wax casting weighs 2 ½ lbs, is 6” long x 3” wide x 6 1/2” high. Highly ornamented tack, no stirrups. Sword and axe cast separately. Unmarked, age undetermined. Appreciate comments, thanks, Jim


  1. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    Really beautiful, I think it is very old, I am no expert, I have two foo dogs that I think are Lost wax casting. The horse with one leg up, it is beautiful!!
  2. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi toracat, thank you for this, it came with no credentials whatever. It seems quite old but the Asians are pros when it comes to aging stuff. Regards. Jim
  3. antiquerose antiquerose, 1 year ago
    Love the Character it has!!!
  4. jwendell222 jwendell222, 1 year ago
    Well hi Rose, and thank you very much, best, Jim
  5. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 months ago
    What a lovely sculpture. It is very traditional, isn't it? Is it certainly Tang, or another dynasty? Very different from mine!
  6. jwendell222 jwendell222, 5 months ago
    Hi Katherine, thank you. This pose is one of (perhaps the most) the classic poses for T'ang horses, but they are rarely depicted with a rider. Brst wishes, Jim
  7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 months ago
    Because I thought I read, in my Tang horse research, that there was another dynasty where armies were depicted in pottery, and I thought this might be from that period. The horses are so different. But perhaps from different tombs and eras within that same time frame. In any case, quite magnificent.
  8. jwendell222 jwendell222, 5 months ago
    Hi Katherine, horses have benn potrayed in China in some form of sculpture since around 400 B.C. The first painted earthenware looks like childrens toys, the riders out of proportion to the horses. The Qin tomb horses are not as muscular as the T'ang, and are shown as about the same height as the riders. The T'ang horses when shown with a standing rider are a head taller. Generally speaking. Every time I step out on a limb, somebody saws it off. Best wishes, Jim
  9. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 months ago
    Ha ha, well, there is a spectrum, isn't there, between knowing too little and knowing too much. Perhaps knowing just enough is the best place to be. :)

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