Monday Minstrel: The Prancing Horse of China

The “Prancing Horse”  is a tomb figure of the Tang Dynasty (AD 618-907) The horse symbolized strength, bravery, and beauty.Also horses were considered as having  divine attributes.

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Photo of an illustration in Tamsin Pickeral’s book “The Horse. 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art”

 

During the reign of Emperor Xuanzong (AD 712-56) a troupe of 100 horses belonging to the Emperor performed complicated exercises to music.

I have not associated modern China with dressage and have not seen any  competitors from China competing internationally in dressage. I thought that despite the history of dancing or prancing horses the tradition had died out. But then I saw this on Facebook. I do not know too much about this performance but was told it was in China and that  Spanish instructors had trained the horses and riders. I find it interesting that all of the riders are women and all have perfect, almost mask like, makeup. Quite a spectacle.

 

Information on the history of horses in art in China from Tamsin Pickeral’s book “The Horse. 30,000 Years of the Horse in Art.

 

 

15 Comments Add yours

    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes they are very similar.

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  1. That is so cool! There is always something to be learned

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes there is! We never stop learning.

      Like

  2. I found this post very interesting. I thought the video was awesome. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I agree the video is really something.

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  3. Sadaf Siddiqi says:

    Horse in Art seems so fascinating!

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  4. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Very interesting!!!! ❤

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  5. I like the name ¨Prancing horse¨. It has a ring to it.

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  6. Anne this is amazing fact about the horses.
    Women riders only, that makes me stunned.
    Women have shown their ability, might and skill always in history. Apart from beauty what they represent for, I adore women for their unmatched quality ever since. 👏
    My Salutations🙏
    Horses dancing to the Music tunes is interesting to know and would be fascinating to see them dance.
    Shiva🎶

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment. Traditionally in this type of choreographed riding it is men who do the riding. In Vienna the famous riding school has only recently accepted female riders so it is great to see this troop of women riding in China!

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      1. Anne I welcome you to my Blog. Your presence, your thoughts are most essentially desired and shall be shared.
        Thanks
        Shiva🎶

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