1. Originally, this bronze horse was painted. Today, the bronze has corroded to beautiful green and blue tones. Black, red, and white pigments are still visible around the eyes, mouth, and mane.
2. Not all horse figures were made of bronze; this heavenly horse was made of clay. How does the shape and stance of this horse compare to Celestial Horse?
China, Eastern Han dynasty, Prancing Horse, earthenware with traces of pigment, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton
3. Horses weren’t the only animals to decorate tombs. This model houses a clay boar, sow, and suckling piglets.
China, Western Han dynasty, Funerary Model of a Pig Sty, earthenware, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of Alan and Dena Naylor in memory of Thomas E. Leary