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Acquired in 1935 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
Davis, Frank. Chinese Jade, 1935, pl. 5. Nott, Stanley Charles, Chinese Jade Throughout the Ages, London, 1936, pl. LVI.2. Baker, Malcolm and Richardson, Brenda, eds. A Grand Design : The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1997. 431 p., ill. ISBN 1851773088. Rose Kerr (ed), TT Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art and Design, V&A, 1991, photo p. 45.
collection_code
EAS
credit
Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
date_end
0220-12-31
date_start
date_text
206 BC- 220 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Head and the Partial Torso of a Horse, Nephrite jade, China, Han Dynasty
dimensions
Height: 14 cm, Width: 17.2 cm, Depth: 6.5 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
Ayers and Rawson, Chinese Jade throughout the Ages (Victoria & Albert Museum 01/01/1975-31/12/1975) A Grand Design - The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum (Victoria & Albert Museum 12/10/1999-16/01/2000) International Exhibition of Chinese Art (Royal Academy of Arts 01/01/1935-31/12/1936)
gallery
China, room 44
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
id
18179
label
Head of horse Han dynasty 206 BC-220 AD Daoist faithfuls believed jade could preserve the body of the deceased. This jade horse was intended to carry the tomb-occupant into the heavens. Carved nephrite jade Museum no. A.16-1935 [2007]
last_checked
2014-08-29T20:31:29.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T20:31:29.000Z
latitude
36.894451
location
China, room 44, case 11
longitude
104.165649
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Nephrite jade, carved
museum_number
A.16-1935
museum_number_token
a161935
object_number
O14525
object_type
Horse head
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Head, shoulers and the partial torso of a horse, grey-green with flocculent markings. Appears to have originally formed part of a whole jade horse formed of sections dowelled together.
place
China
primary_image_id
2006AP0923
production_note
Mr Ayres opinion, Ceramics: Han, or somewhat later. The purpose for which the carving was made is not unclear, nor whether it was formerly part of a complete horse of the same material. During the Han and the succeeding Six Dynasties' periods, however, many pottery models of horses and of horses' heads were made for inclusion in the furniture of tombs, together with those of other animals and of humans. This head is evidently a rare example of such work a more precious material.
production_type
public_access_description
Daoist faithfuls believed jade could preserve the body of the deceased. This jade horse was intended to carry the tomb-occupant into the heavens.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
horse-head-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-31T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
220
year_start
-206