Bronze Galloping Horse on a Swallow Sculpture has fine detail and sits on a mahogany stand. The stand has an indentation of the swallow and four legs for support. The Galloping Horse can stand on its own or in the stand. The condition is Very Good a copy of the one from Han Dynasty unearthed in 1969 with the following measurements: Horse 7 ¼” Wide x 2” Depth x 5 ½” High – Stand 6 ¼” Long x 3 ¼” Wide x 1 ¼” High
This outstanding bronze horse has become an iconic emblem of China. Racing through the skies, it treads on a swallow (base of statue) that looks up in amazement. Unlike Pegasus, the Western flying horse, the wingless Han steed is meant to be understood metaphorically rather than literally; it represents an ideal horse that can gallop so fast that it seems to outrun the wind.
The sculpture is perfectly balanced on only one hoof, to complete the illusion of flight. Bronze Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow was unearthed in 1969 in the Leitai Tomb of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220) in Wuwei County, Gansu Province. The bronze statue is a famous representative sculpture of the Han Dynasty. Wuwei County leapt to fame with the discovery of this national treasure.
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