"FLYING HORSE OF GANSU" MUSEUM REPLICA
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This dynamic museum replica reproduces The Flying Horse of Gansu—also known as the Bronze Galloping Horse (銅奔馬) or the Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow (馬踏飛燕)—a famous Chinese bronze from the 2nd century CE. Excavated only 50 years ago from the ancient tomb of a general in the province of Gansu in north-central China by local farmers building air-raid shelters, the original is typical of the work of the East Han Dynasty, the apex of Chinese bronze craftsmanship. "Perfectly balanced," an authority has said, "on the one hoof which rests without pressure on a flying swallow, it is a remarkable example of three-dimensional form and of animal portraiture with the head vividly expressing mettlesome vigor." (Most scholarship now agrees that the represented bird is more probably a falcon.) The bronze replica is mounted on onyx.
Materials – BRONZE, ONYX
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Height (in.) – 10.0
Width (in.) – 11.5
Depth (in.) – 4.5