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Equestrian figure

206 BCE-220 CE


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Horse and rider
    A painted grey pottery figure of an equestrian
    Place where the work was made
    Shaanxi Province China
    Han dynasty 206 BCE - 220 CE → China
    206 BCE-220 CE
    Media category
    Materials used
    painted grey earthenware
    34.9 x 35.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1995
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    This figure is distinguished by the extraordinary amount of bright, original pigment that remains. The sturdy horse stands foursquare. The soldier on his back wears armour over a short red tunic with a thick, white collar, a black border on the skirt, hair drawn up under a red helmet tied beneath the chin, and hands positioned and drilled to hold reins. Larger but stylistically similar figures, dated to the early Western Han, were unearthed in 1965 at Yangjiawen, near Xianyang, Shaanxi province.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.81.

    'A pair of painted gray pottery figures of equestrian soldiers' cat.no. 50.
    Han dynasty

    Compare the group of stylistically similar, but larger figures, dated to the early Western Han, unearthed in 1965 at Yangjiawan, near Xianyang, Shaanxi province. Burials containing large numbers of mounted cavalrymen and foot soldiers were found in the vicinity of the tombs of the first Han emperor, Gaozu, and the emperor Jingdi at Yangjiawan. See 'Wenwu', 1966, no.3, pl.1-4 and 'Wenwu', 1977, no.10, p.17. See, also, The Quest for Eternity, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1987, Catalogue, p. 105. fig. 15.'

    Christie's New York, 'The Jingguantang Collection Part II: Fine and important Chinese Ceramics and works of art: New York, Thursday, March 20, 1997, Vauxhall Pre press London 1997

    Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, March 1997.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Shaanxi Province

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications