Han Dynasty Jade Horse With Swallows. Approx. 2-kilo Top Grade Lapis Lazuli Base Included (base not original but displays beautiful)
This jade horse should be compared to the famous horse head in the British of Albert and Victoria Museum. The latter has been determined by some experts to be of Han dynasty period (漢朝 206 BC – 220 AD). This horse’s head showed more distinct characteristic carving style of Han period with characteristic jaunty jaw typical of war horse profiles found in the museum bronze pieces of that era. In addition, the head dress decoration of war horses shown on the top is characteristic of Qin and Han era. Researchwork has been done on this war horse head. The carving, the differential weathering shown on this horse piece indicated a long period of burial, likely with a general and royal family. It is known throughout the Han period, the horse is one of the most valuable asset of a general warrior and of royal family. It has been found that bronze horse statues or porcelain statues were found in burial sites of that period. The horse is depicted riding swallows and appears to be an early representation of this style. This is am amazing piece of fine art viewed from every angle and has some of the finest lines extreme grace.