It was imperative that the pieces to this horse be reattached in the correct sequence. First, the base was reconstructed, and then the horse was hoisted down onto it. In doing so, all four legs of the horse were square. Preparation work included grinding all the broken joints and inserting steel pins for structural integrity.
Funerary sculpture and vessels continued to be produced in great quantity and variety during the Tang dynasty (618-907), including attendants, musicians, grooms, horses, camels, and spirit guardians. The particular forms as well as the scale of the objects reflected the position and rank of the deceased.
During the Han and Tang dynasties, Chinese ceramic tomb figurines were often mass produced using molds, but they could be given individual personality through glazing and painting. The most distinctive decorative technique of the period was the use of sancai, or three-color glazing- cream, amber and green glaze. Blue would sometimes appear on such works, but was
apparently rare and sparingly used.
Universal Fine Art Conservation can restore porcelain and ceramic of any size.
Restoration of a
Tang Dynasty Chinese Funerary Horse