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white horse figure for Boy's Day festival
  • Japan
  • white horse figure for Boy's Day festival, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood?, cloth, synthetic fur, felt?, string, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 26 x 12 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 10 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0149

A sculpture depicting a white horse made with wool, or felt, over a form. The proper right front hoof is lifted. The horse wears an orange bridle with purple and white striped reins. The saddle has a black front and a gold cloth seat over a light green cloth that connects two gold and white panels on the horse's sides. Black stirrups hang from either side of the seat. It has orange fringe in front and back of the saddle that wraps around under the tail. There are orange tassels at each seam on the bridle. There were originally four orange tassels hanging from the saddle, but the front proper left is now missing. The lower portion of the horse's legs are dark grey.
The horse is standing on a black wooden base.

Identified as a figure used in the Boy's Day festival.