Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse & Female Rider (AD 618 - 906)
This attractive pottery model of a horse and female equestrian was made during the early Tang Dynasty (AD 618 - 906). The horse stands upright and alert with its head turned slightly to its left. The female rider is also sitting upright. It is made from a buff-coloured pottery that has been cold-painted in various different coloured pigments.
On the surface in places are heavy mineralised deposits built up during its long interment. Although these can be picked off, the original colour comes off at the same time so we choose to leave these deposits in place as they are part of the horse's history.
Height 34 cm (13.5 inches). It is, of course, reasonable to expect some degree of repair to such an ancient pottery object; the rider's head and the horse's ears have clearly been broken and re-stuck (other repairs should not be ruled out). See also our Tang horse & rider, stock number M0622, that has come from the same excavation.
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