Arts & Equitainment: Art for the Year of The Horse

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Art for The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse canters in next Friday, January 31. To celebrate, various works of art have been commissioned all over the world.

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The Kong Family Jun Kiln in Yuzhou, Henan province is one of the top five porcelain manufacturers in China. They commissioned this piece designed by Chinese craft master Kong Xiangqing sybolizing “Good Luck” for the Year of the Horse. The Jun Kiln porcelain is famous for the subtle color changes that occur during the firing process.

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At the Kentucky Horse Park, the Year of the Horse is being observed, beginning on Jan. 22 and continuing through April 18, by Lexington’s Wellington Elementary School and the International Museum of the Horse with a special exhibit. According to examiner.com, “Using rice paper, each student is painting the character for the word uma, meaning horse. Each uses black Japanese sumi [ink] and fude [bamboo brushes] for painting the word uma. They use the same procedure to paint their names.”

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In France, Lalique celebrates the year of the horse with its Equestrian collection featuring such pieces as the Kazak Horse Sculpture

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and the black crystal Horse Head. See the whole collection here.

if (ahem…) the $52,000 price tag for the Lalique Horse Head seems a bit steep, you can still acquire a specially commissioned piece of equine art no matter what your budget:

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The US Postal Services 2014 Year of the Horse Stamp. It combines original artwork by Kam Mak with Clarence Lee’s intricate paper-cut design of a horse and the Chinese character for “Horse,” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.

Happy New Year!

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