Nineteenth century ritual horse from Tamul Nadu, India, at the Mingei International Museum.

The Mingei International Museum  is marking racing season in Del Mar and the upcoming Breeders’ Cup with an exhibition of the folk art of the horse.

Trappings — Homage to the Horse and other Steeds,” which opens Friday, is an exhibition of folk objects from around the globe that celebrate the speed, power and serviceability of the horse and other noble beasts of burden.

The exhibition is pulled from the museum’s permanent collection and private lenders. It features clay and wood horses of India, artifacts of American, Native American and Mexican horse culture, and trappings for bullocks from Afghanistan to Indonesia.

The Mingei collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world.

The museum in Balboa Park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.