figure (art)

Model horse, with an accompanying rider (17.1.59/1ii).

The horse is probably covered with brushed dark grey paper, with white areas above the hooves. It has a black painted muzzle. The tail is made of fine black thread, and the mane is brown hair. It has glass eyes. The horse wears a bridle of orange cord and russet tassels, reins of blue and white striped fabric that is machine stitched along edge, and a saddle of two pieces of leather, one above the other, the upper decorated with painted leaves and flowers. There are additional panels below this on each flank that are made of wood, and attached to the lower saddle by two pieces of cord tied in a knot. Broken straps suggest that there were stirrups, which are now missing.

The horse is supported on a rectangular wooden stand with dark varnish, attached by its rear hooves and front right hoof, with the front left leg raised. There are panels of woven straw attached to the hooves with string.

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