Royal Armouries

Wooden Horse - Buff stallion with brown mane - XVII.18

Images

LOK XVII.18 carved horse

Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings., English, 1685-90 (XVII.18)

  • LOK XVII.18 carved horse

    Carved wooden horse from the Line of Kings., English, 1685-90 (XVII.18)

  • 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.18)

  • 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.18)

  • 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.18)

  • 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)

Object number: XVII.18

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.18
Maximum height: 180 cm
Maximum length: 191 cm
Body length: 130 cm
Head height: 119 cm
Girth: 163 cm

Smaller than the others

Wooden Horse - Buff stallion with brown mane - XVII.18

Description

Construction

Box

Type of Wood

Elm

Pose

Head: Turning left
Legs: Right front leg only slightly raised; Rear legs on the ground

Distinguishing Features

Ears: Pointing straight up, small
Mane: Fine, deeply carved; right hand side. No plait

2012-13 Research

Paint analysis:
Nine paint treatments
Primer: fine charcoal black
Undercoat: dark grey on mane & hooves under black
Topcoat: buff with black mane
Topcoat today: buff with brown mane

Endoscope:
This body cavity, a rectangular box-like shape, looks very different to the other horses. The absence of the gouge marks shows that this wood had already been worked smooth before it was used. However, some wood fragments can still be found within the cavity.

X-ray:
Results awaited 2013

Dendrochronology:
Elm so not applicable

Current Attribution:
Several suggestions have been made regarding this horse which differs from the others in several respects. However, it is unclear who carved this horse and made it smaller and slighter than the rest yet with deeply undercut carving of its mane.

Statistics

Object Provenance: English, 1685-90
Object Number: XVII.18
Maximum height: 180 cm
Maximum length: 191 cm
Body length: 130 cm
Head height: 119 cm
Girth: 163 cm

Smaller than the others

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