Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Dark grey stallion - XVII.10

Images

colour photo of the head of a wooden horse against a stone wall

Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.10)

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse against a stone wall

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.10)

  • x-ray of the neck of a wooden horse showing metal nails

    X-ray of the neck of a carved wooden horse (XVII.8)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.10)

  • monochrome hand drawn outline of different views of a life-sized carved wooden horse

    Scale drawing of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. (XVII.10)

  • Photo of strips of different colours annotated to explain different paint layers

    Paint analysis of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings.( XVII.7)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

    Endoscope image showing the materials and construction details visible inside the body cavity of horse. (XVII.9)

  • Interior of wooden horse

    Endoscope image showing the materials and construction details visible inside the body cavity of horse. (XVII.14)

Date: 1685 | Object number: XVII.10

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, probably 1685-90
Maximum height: 199 cm
Maximum length: 207 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 144 cm
Girth: 192 cm

Wooden Horse - Dark grey stallion - XVII.10

Description

Construction

‘Battenberg’ type but uniquely it has the four leg tenons built into the body.

Type of Wood

Oak

Pose

Head: Straight ahead
Legs: Front legs on the ground, unusually; left back leg raised. No base

Distinguishing Features

Eyes: Big, teardrop-shaped; stripped back to 19th century layer
Mane: Right hand side; flat and crude, without undercutting
Teeth: Carved in one but teeth are defined

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Treatments: 9
Primer: Pure lead white with undispersed oil
Undercoat: Buff; lead white and ochres
Original topcoat: Buff
(Today: Grey with black mane)

Endoscope:
Yes

X-ray:
N/A

Dendrochronology:
N/A

Current Attribution:
N/A

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, probably 1685-90
Maximum height: 199 cm
Maximum length: 207 cm
Body length: 168 cm
Head height: 144 cm
Girth: 192 cm

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