Chinese Northern Qi Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse & Rider
This fine pottery model of a horse and rider was made during the Northern Qi Dynasty (AD 550 - 577). Such models from this short-lived dynasty are much rarer and have a style quite different to the later Tang Dynasty equivalents. It has been made from a grey pottery that has been "cold painted", mainly in creamy-white and yellow-ochre pigments, on top of which have been applied black, red and brown pigments. The rider sits upright with right hand raised as though holding the reins to the horse; note the detail of the rider's clothing and the trappings of the horse.
Height 29 cm (11.5 inches). A rare and attractive example of pre-Tang equestrian tomb sculpture in good presentable condition. This item is available to view at our gallery.
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