Bronze Chinese horse
11 November 2023
Description

When holding it, the dense weight and silky skin patina make the horse feel as if it's alive. There doesn't appear to be an artist signature/mark on the figure. Will provide more pictures upon request. Thank you

Dimensions

10 inches tall (from stand to ear) x 10 1/2 inches wide (from hoof to hoof). It weighs 5 1/2 lbs/2.494 kgs.

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For sale
Yes
Answered within 2 days
By David U.
Nov 13, 13:59 UTC
Fair Market Value
$500 - $600 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Andrew,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.

Based on the information and images you provided, this item is:

A Chinese Bronze sculpture depicting the Gansu Flying Horse known as the Flying Horse of the Han Dynasty. This bronze sculpture meticulously captures the dynamic energy of a galloping horse, a symbol of strength, speed, and prosperity in Chinese culture.

The sculpture is likely a reproduction of the famous Gansu Flying Horse, an iconic artifact from the Eastern Han period (25–220 CE) discovered in the Gansu province. Known for its remarkable sense of movement, the bronze horse in this sculpture is frozen mid-stride, its mane flowing and tail lifted, creating a sense of perpetual motion. The details, such as the intricately rendered saddle and harness, showcase the artisan's skill and commitment to realism.

The choice of bronze as the medium pays homage to a longstanding tradition in Chinese art, where bronze sculptures were highly prized for their durability and symbolic significance. The patina on the surface of the sculpture may add depth to the details, giving the impression of aging.

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