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Chinese Cloisonné Ferghana Horses (small)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Cloisonné Ferghana Horses (small), c. 1780
Enamel on Brass
14 7/8 in. x 18 7/8 in. x 5 in. (37.78 cm x 47.94 cm x 12.7 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 91.8.12.a, b


Commentary
This vigorous, powerful breed of horse was eagerly sought by the Chinese of the T'ang Dynasty, who obtained them from Bactria and Ferghana, nomad countries at the farthest extremities of the T'ang extended empire. Unfortunately, the Chinese today use only the small Mongolian pony, and the Ferghana steed has disappeared from the country.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a brass base.

Object Description
Pair of small Chinese Ferghana (T'ang style) cloisonné horses, with a raised foreleg and elaborate saddles and trappings. The saddles seperate from the horses, and are decorated with a floral pattern in multicolored enamels against a turquoise field. The horses themselves are decorated with a swirling and floral pattern executed in multicolored enamels against a turquoise field. The horses are also decorated with attached seed-shaped brass pieces, two of which are missing of the eleven.

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