A set of four gilt bronze horse legs

漢    鎏金銅馬腿四件 

The legs are well cast, open at the top and hollow within, with all the parts, hock, cannon, pastern, hoof, clearly delineated. The bronze is gilded overall on the outside, now patinated to green and blue in places.

All four legs appear to be hind legs and so cannot be from a complete horse. Probably they were attached to the corners of a rectangular tray of as type known from green-glazed pottery models, of which the originals  would have been made of bronze and lacquer.

Dimensions: Height: 9.2 cm, 3 ⅝ inches

Date: Han dynasty (206 BC - AD 220)

Stock No. 421

Price: On Request