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WAR PONY Carved Ceramics…

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Item # … Price … Year Created … Size
P1 - $160 … 2008 … 10” x 12”
P2 - $130 … 2005 … 10” x 10”
P3 - $130 … 2004 … 10” x 8”
P4 - $130 … 2003 … 12” x 8”
P5 - $120 … 2002 … 10” x 7”
P6 - $150 … 2006 … 11.5” x 5”

Painted Pony (War Pony, retired) … $150 (no box)
Bear Carved Ceramic … $55 … 2009 … 11” wide x 7” tall
Buffalo Ceramic w/horse hair …$45 … 2010 … 9” wide x 7” tall
War Pony Canvas Painting … $75 ( each) … 2008 … 10” x 8”

Often called the greatest light cavalry in history by many military men, the Indians used their horses to carry them into battle. The Indian war horse was highly regarded by its American Indian owner, who often honored and protected his war horse by painting tribal symbols upon the animal’s body. While the symbols used and their meanings varied from tribe to tribe, there were some common symbols that were widely used on the Indian war horse.

Believing that war symbols guided his destiny, each power symbol has its own specific meaning and the purpose for which it was used was determined by the nature of the dangerous job which the war horse would be asked to do. The Indian would decorate his horse with carefully chosen war symbols or power symbols which might be intended to give him protection, to indicate the troubles which lay ahead, or which spoke of the courageous heart of the war horse. Some symbols told of the horse’s affection for the warrior. In this short summary, we offer an explanation of some symbols which Indians used to decorate their war horses ... which are all included in the ceramics/paintings that are shown in the gallery.
1. A circle was the symbol painted around the horse's eye to give keen sight, letting him be the first to see the distant enemy.
2. The red handprint stands for death of an enemy or stained hand from war; used by many different tribes. From the Apache and Comanche tribes, legends about this handprint tell of a furious battle in which a warrior was fatally wounded. Before the brave warrior's death, he patted his horse on the right shoulder, thus leaving a bloody handprint on his horse for all his people to see his "message of death" when the horse returned to camp.
3. The horse's Pat Handprint (right hand drawn on the horse's left hip) were the highest honors. The Pat Handprint was always reserved exclusively for the horse who had brought his master back home from a dangerous mission unharmed.
4. Bars on the horse's neck or head means the number of war parties’ horse and rider have been in together.
5. Hail Stones were a prayer for hail to fall on the warrior's enemy.
6. Hoof prints (like hail stones in appearance) were drawn on the horses and stood for the number of horses captured in raids.
7. The Indian would weave a Medicine Bag into the bridle and Coup Feathers were braided into the war horse's forelock and tail.

When the Indian groomed his horse for battle, he would knot up the horse's tail to prevent the enemy from taking hold of it and using it to dismount him from his horse. He would gather the mane into clusters, tying it to prevent entanglement in his bow and arrow during the combat.

Counting coup ... was the winning of prestige against an enemy by the Plains Indians of North America. Warriors won prestige by acts of bravery in the face of the enemy, which could be recorded in various ways and retold as stories. Any blow struck against the enemy counted as a coup, but the most prestigious acts included touching an enemy warrior with the hand, bow, or coup stick and escaping unharmed. Touching the first enemy to die in battle or touching the enemy's defensive works also counted as coup, as did, in some tribes, simply riding up to an enemy, touching him with a short stick, and riding away unscathed. Counting coup could also involve stealing an enemy's weapons or horses tied up to his lodge in camp. Risk of injury or death was required to count coup.

Escaping unharmed while counting coup was considered a higher honor than being wounded in the attempt. A warrior who won coup was permitted to wear an eagle feather in his hair. If he had been wounded in the attempt, however, he was required to paint the feather red to indicate this.

NOTE: All ceramics/paintings are one-time originals ... all are commissioned by me as to subject matter, size of vase (or figurine), and pose ... they reflect intrinsic artistry, originality, and skillful execution of my design wishes. From 2004 to 2010 cost varied from $13 to $15 per inch of height. Artist’s time invested in each item included (averaging) ... casting of vase/plate (2 hours), air curing (3-4 months), pencil outlining the intended design (2-4 hours), sculpting by hand (12-26 hours over several days), firing in kiln (overnight), then hand painting of horse and accoutrements (4-7 hours over several days). Canvas War Ponies painted over a period of 4 days each.

Each War Pony is priced individually from $120 to $160 (my out of pocket cost) totaling $820 … if purchased as a complete lot (6 ponies) I will accept an offer of $650 (non negotiable) … if all 6 ponies are bought as a complete lot I will also include two 8” x 10” paintings of war ponies (valued at $75 each) painted by same artist, a ceramic carved Bear (Indian mythology. – see gallery, valued at $55) and a Buffalo infused with horse hair (see gallery, valued at $45), again, by same artist. Piece heights vary from 8” tall to 12” tall.

Bonus 1 ... If you buy all 6 ponies, I will include the warrior/maiden on a war pony figurine (valued at $125) done by the same artist ... figurine is 10” tall (see gallery).

Bonus 2 ... And to top it off, to the buyer that makes a full offer ($820) for all 6, I will include a retired Trail of the Painted Ponies – “War Pony” … a true collectible (see gallery) (Valued at $150).

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