Caparisoned Haniwa Horse

Caparisoned Haniwa Horse


Japan, Kofun period

(c. AD 300-710)

Earthenware with traces of pigment

Overall: 59.7 x 66 cm (23 1/2 x 26 in.)

The Norweb Collection 1957.27



Tombs covered with large earthen mounds resembling those on the Asian continent began to appear in Japan around the year 300. They are called old mounds (kofun). Archaeologists named the span of time in which kofun appear after them. Their surfaces were initially covered with hollow clay cylinders called haniwa in Japanese. Sculptures of animals and finally human figures followed, developing over the 300s to 500s. This horse’s tack, with its round bells, resembles saddlery then in fashion in Korea.

See also
Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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The Norweb Collection

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