East Asian Art
Figure of a HorseMade in Kyoto, Japan, Asia
Shöwa Period (1926-1989), c. 1930
Kiyomizu Rokubei V, Japanese, 1875 - 1959
Terracotta (Kyoto ware)
Currently not on view
1963-181-214The Louis E. Stern Collection, 1963
LabelThis artist was probably inspired by an ancient Japanese sculpture entitled Haniwa. Historically, the horse has been a highly admired animal in Japan, both as a steed for warriors and as an object of worship. It is a Japanese tradition to give toy horses to little boys, the original idea being that such a toy would inspire courage and determination in a male child.