Gong Xi Fa Cai! (Happy New Year!)
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese lunar new year. For the next 15 days celebrations will take place throughout the world to usher in the year of the horse. In China horses were highly prized and served as prominent status symbols.
Since the earliest times, extraordinary ceramics like this beautiful saddled horse were made to accompany the deceased on their journey to the afterlife. Although it’s the year of the wooden horse, why not come and celebrate the lunar new year with a tour of the Gallery’s Chinese funerary ceramics? http://bit.ly/Lcqn1V #yearofthehorse2014 #suidynasty #horse #chinesenewyear #chinesenewyear2014
(image: Sui dynasty (581–618) China, 'Saddled horse' 581–618, glazed earthenware, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of TT Tsui, Hong Kong, through the National Gallery of Australia Foundation 1995)