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Gilded Silver Flask with Dancing Horses Holding Cups in Their Mouths
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This wine flask is an imitation of the combined shape of the leather bag and saddle used by the nomads on the northern borders of the Chinese Empire. Each side of the flask is decorated with a dancing horse holding a cup in its mouth. Both the shape and decoration are creative and the dancing horses are especially attractive. It is a rare piece among gold and silver wares of the Tang Dynasty, and even of whole ancient China.

History of the Object
In October 1970, a hoard of around 1000 silver and gold objects, as well as jade and other precious stones called the Hejiacun Hoard was discovered during an infrastructure construction at Hejiacun Village in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, where the Xinghua Workshop of Changan during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Height 14.8 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
Flask 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, southern suburbs of Xi’an City 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
Credit line
 

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