I am looking for horse sculptures to link to a lesson plan.
Thought I would share the links I find now (just in case the images
are no longer available by the time I get the lesson written). The
lesson will include links to Deborah Butterfield (those links were
Straw Horse - Japan:
Wara-uma (Straw Horse)
"Although they have almost become folk toys, wara-uma and wara-ningyo,
or straw-made dolls, used to have religious functions as symbols to
ward off evil and bring good luck. Use was unique to each region. Some
people used them in prayers to drive off a child's disease. In other
regions, people considered wara-uma as a good omen. They would put it
on the doorstep on New Year's eve and when they found it New Year's
morning they would worship it as a god. Wara-uma take various shapes
according to the region, and the one pictured above is carrying an ear
of rice on its back." (not a high quality image)
These are just a few of the hundreds of horse sculpture images you can
find on line.
Lesson Plan will feature Sue Stevens' stick horses... and will list
alternate lesson ideas.