Horse (Kutirai) offering

Artist: M. Palaniappan (India, born 1949)
Historical period(s)
Fired earthenware
H x W x D: 195.9 x 113.6 x 49.5 cm (77 1/8 x 44 3/4 x 19 1/2 in)
India, Tamil Nadu state, Sathiyamangalam
Credit Line
Gift of the Indian Advisory Committee for the Festival of India and the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Government of India
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Sculpture


earthenware, horse, India, offering
Provenance research underway.

The horse is the most common form of terracotta presented to the gods. Since the time of the earliest conquerors who rode horses into India more than three thousand years ago, these animals have been associated with power and prestige. Though relatively rare in India today, horses remain symbols of kingship and military might.

Published References
  • Louise Allison Cort. Twentieth-century Asian Crafts in the Sackler Gallery. vol. XLIII no. 3. p. 18, fig. 1.
  • Stephen P. Huyler. Gifts of Earth: Votive Terracottas of India. New York, Winter 1988. p. 34.
Collection Area(s)
Contemporary Art, South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
Google Cultural Institute
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