This unique and beautiful leather-wrapped horse figurine is a beautiful example of folk art at its finest.
The horse is an eye-catching size, measuring a little over 12 inches tall.
Typically, figurines like this one are produced by heating and steaming pieces of leather (which makes them more malleable) and then wrapping a hand-carved core.
As you can see, this horse is characterized by beautiful leather in various richly-oxidized colors.
He is rendered in beautiful detail, showing distinct areas of musculature and anatomical accuracy.
Areas like the tail, mane and eyes feature light hand-hammered accents to give the horse an ever higher degree of realism.
The horse's eyes are set with shiny black acrylic which gives him a wonderfully emotive face.
Even the horse's ears are made of individual pieces of leather and give him a fun, inquisitive look.
This pony is the complete package as he comes with a full set of horse tack including a saddle, a bridle with throat latch, headstall, cheek straps and a noseband as well as genuine brass stirrups.
The bridle and saddle are accented with shiny goldtone brass rivets. The rivets and stirrups show some very minor verdigris and oxidization.
While the figurine shows a good deal of cosmetic wear and spotting, this compliments the folk-art style and gives the horse a great degree of rich dimension.
Overall, the piece remains in good vintage condition.
Measurements: Figurine measures 12 1/4" tall (hooves to ears), 13 1/2" long (nose to tail), and 4 1/2" wide Weight: 697.9 grams (24.6 oz)