Monumental Ming Dynasty Pottery Warrior on Horseback, China (1368 - 1644 CE.) Sancai glazed warrior riding horseback, right hand close to chest in motion of drawing his sword. Wearing elaborate layered armor, broad face modeled with fierce gaze. Friendly and whimsical expression of horse with smiling lips, elaborate harness and saddle. Artifact is professionally repaired in several places as shown in images. The artifacts shows beautifully but not in mint condition. 20 "high x 16" wide x 8" deep & weighs approximately 30 pounds. Horses in East Asian warfare are inextricably linked with the strategic and tactical evolution of armed conflict. A warrior on horseback or horse-drawn chariot changed the balance of power between civilizations.
When people with horses clashed with those without, horses provided a huge advantage. When both sides had horses, battles turned on the strength and strategy of their mounted horsemen, or cavalry. Military tactics were refined in terms of the use of horses. As in most cultures, a war horse in East Asia was trained to be controlled with limited use of reins, responding primarily to the rider's legs and weight. Horses were significant factors in the Han-Hun Wars and Wuhu incursions on China, and the Mongol conquest of much of Eurasia and into Europe; and they played a part in military conflicts on a smaller, more localized scale.