Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Black stallion-XVII.30

Images

Carved wooden horse. xvii.30

Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.30)

  • Carved wooden horse. xvii.30

    Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.30)

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

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

  • colour photo of the head of a wooden horse

    Head of a carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings. English, 1685-90 (XVII.30)

  • 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.30)

  • 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.30)

  • 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)

  • colour photo of a full length armour with gold banded decoration

    Armour of William Somerset, used for the figure of Huntingdon from 1827. (II.83)

  • Interior view of wooden horse

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

Object number: XVII.30

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.30
Maximum height: 191cm
Maximum length: 197 cm
Body length: 149 cm
Head height: 125 cm
Girth: 173 cm

Wooden Horse - Black stallion-XVII.30

Description

Construction

Three blocks

Type of Wood

Oak, possibly Scots Pine

Pose

Head: Slightly tilted and tipped forwards; neck arched
Legs: Front left leg raised; Right back leg raised

Distinguishing Features

Forelock: Long and full; plait down centre, crude
Horseshoes: One horseshoe appears deliberately broken

2012-13 Research

Paint Analysis:
Eight paint treatments.
Primer: dark red ochre
Undercoat: grey
Original topcoat: black
Topcoat today: black

Endoscope:
Shorter body cavity than most of the other horses. Unlike many of the others, this horse does not have an opening from the body into the hollowed out neck section.

X-ray:
Results awaited

Dendrochronology:
N/A; fragments of Scots pine identified from within the body cavity

Current Attribution:
Carver unkown

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.30
Maximum height: 191cm
Maximum length: 197 cm
Body length: 149 cm
Head height: 125 cm
Girth: 173 cm

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