Horse

Organization control number
C-512
Classification
Sculpture
Author
By Goto Sadayuki (1850-1903)
Era century
Dated 1893 (Meiji 26)
Item shape
Wood
Collector
Tokyo National Museum
Goto Sadayuki studied sculpture while he worked for the military equestrian bureau, where he produced a sculpture of Emperor Meiji’s horse, Kinkazan. In 1890 he transferred to the Tokyo Fine Arts School (present-day Tokyo University of the Arts). Under the supervision of the renowned modern sculptor Takamura Koun, he produced the cast for the horse in a bronze statue of the ancient warrior Kusunoki Masashige now standing in front of the Imperial Palace. It is said that he dissected horses to acquire flawlessly realistic expressions.