Eastern Han dynasty, 25–220 AD
Height: 14 ¼ in (36.5 cm)
Length: 15 in (38 cm)
Wood sculptures of this period are very rare due to the fragile nature of wood, and were found among tomb furniture. The present example is in exemplary condition and complete. It is composed of seven primary parts with seven other parts composing the details such as the mane and saddle. Traces of gesso and traces of original cold-pigment paint are still visible.
A radiocarbon test has been performed by Beta Analytic Inc. and resulted in a dating between 130 AD and 350 AD.
Published: Asiantiques, Chinese Works of Art (2009), cat. no. 96