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Heavenly Horses: 2,000 Years of Chinese and Japanese Equine Art

When: (Ended) July 14, 2014 - November 16, 2014
Price: Tickets from $10
Event Phone Number: 714.567.3600
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St.
Santa Ana CA

The horse's impact on both Chinese and Japanese culture cannot be overstated. They shepherded goods, people and ideas across the expansive and varied climates of a continent during the height of the Silk Roads. They were indispensable as military chargers and aided in the expansion and control of empires.Most of the earliest representations of horses from China are pottery, stone, or bronze sculptures found in the graves of the elite and intended to accompany the deceased into the afterlife. Later, horse painting became a major genre in and of itself. Through trade and human exploration, horses made their way from the Asian mainland to Japan by way of the Korean peninsula. Early evidence of the importance of horses in Japanese life includes superb bronze trappings and haniwa (cylindrical clay sculptures) in the shape of horses that were placed within or around the great imperial tomb mounds. With the rise of the samurai, the horse became firmly established as an indispensable component of Japanese warfare as well as a lasting symbol of refinement and power. During this year of the horse we celebrate these animals that continue to fascinate and inspire people around the world.

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