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Prancing Horse: C.592-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Prancing Horse


Maker: Unknown




Figure of a prancing horse. Buff earthenware, covered in white slip or paint, traces of red and brown cold pigment and black inked details. The horse has a raised right foreleg, flared nostrils and open mouth, and tail flowing behind. There are traces of red pigment on the mouth and darker red/brown pigment visible on the head and parts of the body. The long mane falls to the near side of the elegantly arched neck, and a draped saddle set on the saddle-cloth is set on its back. Decorations adorn the horse's body, three each side on the back, and three under the neck; these decorations show traces of red pigment on a pale slip, covering the grey body. There are traces of black inked line on the harness, from which ornaments are hung.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 10th December 1933, by Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950) for £11.0s.0d; the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Depth: 57.8 cm
Height: 50.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


Tang Dynasty (618-907)
8th Century
Circa 700 - 800

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white) black ink cold paint brown pigment red pigment

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded in relief

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.592-1991
Primary reference Number: 20970
Old object number: CHICER/267
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 4 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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