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Tang Horse Paintings

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One day in a little shop in Guerneville, I found a bronze replica Tang horse with a beautiful verdegris patina and fell in love with him. He is a very patient model.



“Tang Horse II”

Acrylic on Canvas, 10” x 8”


“Tang Horse III”

Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”


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Tang Horse II, a painting by Jessica Maring
Tang Horse III, a painting by Jessica Maring
Tang Horse IV, a painting by Jessica Maring

“Tang Horse IV”

Acrylic on Canvas, 8” x 10”

The era of the Tang dynasty, 618-907, is recognized as the golden age of Chinese civilization and culture.  The political stability of the period provided an environment in which art flourished.  It was a time of great wealth and opulence, during which exquisite porcelain was produced and new finishing techniques and materials were perfected, such as the precious

cobalt blue glaze seen on the

piece to the right (photo courtesy

of the Ethel Morrison Van Derlip

Fund). Made around 725 A.D., it

was a tomb ornament for

someone of the aristocracy.

Cobalt was rare and prized, and

of greater value than gold, being

imported from the area which is

now Afghanistan. More commonly

applied glazes were cream, green

(feldspar with iron) and amber, or

a polychrome of brown, amber

and green which were often allowed

to run during firing; and many of the ceramic Tang

horses were unglazed.  In an Interview with the New York Times, Chinese art specialist J. Lally said, “Tang horses are the most widely popular image of Chinese art because they are immediately accessible to everyone.  You don’t have to read that the Tang dynasty was a moment in Chinese art when there was a strong move toward realism and strong decorative impulse. Horses imported from the Near East were precious.  In Tang China, the horse was the emblem of wealth and power.  They are meant to embody rank and speed.”  The Tang horses remain valued and valuable today.  The unglazed horse pictured to the right sold at auction for a price in excess of two hundred thousand; and another (glazed) sold for over six million in 1989. The horse also figured prominently in paintings of the Tang era. The most recognized

painter is undoubtedly Han Gan

(706-783). Shown here, below

& to the immediate right, are his

“Herder’s Horse”, and his

“Celestial Horse”.



Tang Horse II
Tang Horse III
Tang Horse IV