A large Tang Dynasty ceramic horse. Originally of deep red colour with traces of orange paint on the saddle. His head is slightly tilted and his ears pricked, his mouth opened; he has a body with defined musculature. His tail is docked and bound. The horse is shown striding.During the Western Zhou Dynasty ca. 1100-771 BC military strength was measured by the number of war chariots available to a particular kingdom. As the military significance of the horse increased, so did its role in court recreational activities. The social status and the power were displayed by the number of horses owned and their appearance in lavish public displays. "Dancing" dressage horses delighted emperors in court ceremonies as early as Han Dynasty, reaching their peak with the elaborate performances of the Tang Dynasty. During the Tang, both polo and hunting from horseback became fashionable. Period: Tang Dynasty, 7th-10th cent. Reference: Christie's sale 1491, lot 252. This item is accompanied with an illustrated Certificate of Authenticity. 37cm(H) x 27cm(L). 1'3"(H) x 11"(L). Tang Period: (618 - 906). The item "Large ceramic Tang horse" is in sale since Friday, June 05, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\Chinese\Figurines & Statues". The seller is "ancient_art4wuz" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.