The horse is depicted in the art of people around the world. This comprehensive exhibition included Tang Dynasty clay horses and Mexico’s wood and papier mache horses. A rich variety of materials enhanced the objects epitomizing the horse as man’s mount.These objects included Navaho horse blankets, horse-hair reins and unique leather and silver American horse trappings. A highlight of the exhibition was the construction of larger-than-life Indian votive horses by two potters from India.

The Mingei International documentary publication, THE HORSE: The Horse in Folk Art, contains commentaries by Millard Sheets and Bradley Smith.


On View: Jul 28, 1984 - Jan 05, 1985

Curator: Joan Heaney and Martha Longenecker

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