Rare Chinese Northern Zhou Dynasty Painted Pottery Horse & Rider
This very rare small pottery model of a horse & rider was made during the short-lived Northern Zhou Dynasty (AD 557 - 581). It would originally have formed part of procession of similar horses. It is quite "heavily-potted" and made from a pale grey pottery that has been "cold painted" in a white and pink pigments. The rider is made from solid pottery and has a purpose-made hole through which originally would have been placed a wooden banner, or similar, now long since rotted away and lost.
Height 16 cm. Condition is very good (some degree of restoration or repair should, of course, be expected, although none is obvious).
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