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Creator Name: Kofun or Tomb period
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Role: Sculptor
Creator Name-CRT: Kofun or Tomb period
Title: Haniwa Horse
Creation Start Date: 300
Creation End Date: 550
Creation Date: 300 - 550
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: terracotta
Dimensions: H.26 x L.28-1/2 x W.9 in
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 83.130
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund and Gift of Anonymous St. Paul Friends
Among the most distinctive and compelling works to survive from prehistoric Japan are the hollow clay figures of animals and humans called haniwa, literally clay cylinders. Unlike Chinese funerary figures, haniwa were placed above the ground, atop huge burial mounds. This horse, with its simplified, geometric forms, and naïve embellishments, conveys the early artists' direct expressiveness and fidelity to the nature of clay. The representation of bronze bells, stirrups, and bridle fittings reflects Japan's belated entrance into the Bronze Age.
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AMICA ID: MIA_.83.130
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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