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The horse is said to fly so lightly through the
night sky that, when it accidentally steps on
the back of a swallow in midflight, the undis-
turbed bird looks over her shoulder to see
what has touched her.

This is my pastel interpretation of the famous
figurine of the Flying Horse of Kansu, which
I did shortly after attending the exhibition of
archeological finds of the People’s Republic of
China, when it was on tour in Washington, DC,
in 1975. I drew the horse on a black desk blotter,
using a poster photo from the exhibition as a
model.

My original drawing was done in the blue and
white colors of the figurine’s current patina,
but through the magic of digital manipulation,
I can present a unique image of it here in bronze
tones, much as the horse may have appeared
when it was first cast in the days of the Han
Dynasty.

Aug 25 2011 updtate: posted almost four years ago, this has garnered all of 721 views.

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Comments

  • pijinlane
    pijinlaneabout 7 years ago

    I too love this horse … super image!

  • pixnhits
    pixnhitsabout 4 years ago

    superbly done!

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    Nice lighting and warm tone, like the black background!

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