Artifact Date:

1000 B.C. - A.D.

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Creator:

Unknown

Creator Ancestory:

Chinese

Department:

The Museum Proper

Replica or Original:

Replica

On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:

On Display

Primary Material:

Metal

Medium:

Bronze

Dimensions:

14" x 17" x 4"

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A bronze statue of a horse stepping on a swallow.
一匹馬踏飛燕的銅像。

    

Classification/Category:

Furnishings

Specific Classification:

Statue

Notable Signatures,

Inscriptions, and/or Markings:

Donated by:

Unknown

Accession Number

1993.049.001

Catalogue Entry

In 1969, the Bronze Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Sparrow was unearthed from the Leitai tomb of the Eastern Han Dynasty in Wuwei County, Gansu Province, China. While digging air raid shelters, civilians discovered the Han Dynasty tomb. This discovery breached the brick tomb walls, uncovering a trove of gold, bronze and silver wares, pottery, and a bevy of bronze horses and chariots. The most imposing of the artifacts unearthed was an exquisite bronze galloping horse statue.


The Bronze Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Sparrow has been distinguished for its value as an ancient Chinese relic by artists and individuals internationally. The artifact in our collection animates a similar form, capturing vitality, while the bird underfoot serves as a marker for the horse’s lightning-fast speed. Some scholars dispute that the trodden-on bird is a swallow due to the lack of a forked tail, but the majority believe it to be, crediting ancient poems verses relating horses and swallows. 


1969年,《銅奔馬》出土於中國甘肅省武威縣東漢雷台墓。市民在挖防空洞時,發現了一個漢代陵墓。在此墓中,人們發現了大量的金、銅、銀器皿、陶器、一群青銅馬和戰車。而出土的文物中,最氣勢磅礴的當屬一尊精美的青銅飛馬雕像。


《銅奔馬》因其作為中國古代文物的價值而受到國際藝術家和世界各地的人的讚譽。我們的《銅奔馬》館藏(複製品)則捕捉了其神髓,而腳下的鳥則標示了馬匹像閃電般的速度。由於被踐踏的鳥並沒有分叉的尾巴,有學者認為它是燕子,但大多數人則認為這理論是出自於有關馬和燕子的古詩詞。

Online References:

Artifact Date:

1000 B.C. - A.D.

Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD)

Artifact Era/Dynasty:

Unknown

Creator:

Chinese

Creator Ancestry:

Catalogue Entry

Online References:

Department:

The Museum Proper

On Display, In Storage, or in a Private Offsite Collection:

On Display

Replica or Original:

Replica

A bronze statue of a horse stepping on a swallow.
一匹馬踏飛燕的銅像。

Listen

00:00 / 01:04

Classification/Category:

Furnishings

Specific Classification:

Statue

Notable Signatures,

Inscriptions, and/or Markings:

Primary Material:

Metal

Medium:

Bronze

Dimensions:

14" x 17" x 4"

Donated by:

Unknown

Accession Number:

1993.049.001

Bronze Galloping Horse Stepping on a Swallow 銅奔馬