LATE 19TH-EARLY 20TH CENTURY ANTIQUE CHINESE CAST IRON SADDLED BATTLE HORSE FIGURE, W/TUFTED MANE & TIED TAIL on CAST IRON BASE in TANG DYNASTY MANNER. [Estate fresh & untouched with naturally occurring episodes of surface oxidation]. 19th century cast iron reproductions of much earlier antique Chinese cast iron figurative sculpture.
9 34" Height x 12" Width x 4 12 Depth. Base: 5 12" Width x 3 12" Depth. Offered for your review and consideration is this very handsome late 19th to early 20th century Chinese cast iron war or battle horse, featuring a heavy leather saddle, tufted and cropped mane of hair, tied, knotted tail and decorative, ornamental tassels around its neck, as well as hanging decorative pennants, tied to the sides of its massive, thunderous body.The two-piece cast iron figure was cast in two pieces or halves and forged together and blended along a central seam. The upper body of the sculpture is fastened by four slotted bolts to the flat, shallow box pedestal it firmly stands upon with all four feet. This most likely 19th century piece was produced in China for the expanding Chinese export market internationally, where this ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty inspired figure, would have been fashioned after. It has democratic, fairly evenly distributed episodes of surface oxidation, some of which is minor and barely penetrates the surface but other instances are deeper and slightly affects the articulation of detail more, meaning the piece has age and veritable antique pedigree. It may not be as ancient as a 7th to 10th century Chinese Tang Dynasty piece but it's still antique and quite old, being some 120-150 years old.
The war horse is portrayed as a menacing creature, with its cropped mane and tied back, knotted tail, allowing its muscular, powerful figure to literally instill fear in its enemies when they saw a line of these horses charging toward their fortifications or front infantry lines. This was a literal organic tank made out of flesh and blood and without it and many others like it on the battlefield, the balance of power and the all important elusive advantage in combat, would clearly shift away to the opponent and the prospects of victory would quickly fade. These large, muscular Chinese war horses were symbols of might and of the impregnable will of an army to hold fast and to withstand whatever the enemy threw at them and to the same degree, dish out pain and suffering, almost always delivered by these seemingly fearless, menacing animals.
This was the Panzer tank of its time. Almost nothing could stop it on the battlefield, except of course for multiple well-placed arrows and perhaps very well timed cannon fire.A simply incredible beast captured here in cast iron after the similar ancient, archaic pieces in porcelain and bronze, created during the imperial Chinese Tang Dynasty of the 7th to 10 centuries. A few flea-bites, scuffs and abrasions to its naturally oxidized iron surfaces still don't detract from the piece's depiction of the figurative strength and sheer power of the Chinese war horse, which was clearly not a horse but a terrifying and larger-than-life beast, born and raised on black powder, gun and cannon fire. Good to Very Good overall antique condition. The item "MID-LATE 19TH C ANTIQUE CHINESE TANG DYNASTY STYLE CAST IRON WAR HORSE FIG/BASE" is in sale since Tuesday, July 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Metalware\Cast Iron".
The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.