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Title

Model of a horse and rider

550 CE-577 CE

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Northern Qi 550 - 577 Northern dynasties 420 - 589 → China
    Date
    550 CE-577 CE
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    grey earthenware with some paint and gilding
    Dimensions
    32.5 x 10.5 x 25.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    230.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    In Chinese art the pottery tomb figure tradition is one of the most dynamic and evocative - such models were made specifically to be placed in the tombs of deceased members of the royalty, the aristocracy, the ruling elite and the military, in order to recreate in the after-life a semblance of the reality of life on earth. From the beginnings in the Qin and Han dynasties, this tradition developed into one of extraordinary dimensions and such pottery figures - of soldiers, courtiers, horses, camels, entertainers, etc. - provide us now with the most colourful and accurate image of life in ancient China. The tradition reached its zenith in the Tang dynasty (618-906CE). This 6th century object depicting a civil official or courtier on a horse enables us to enhance that image of ancient China through her art.

    Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, 22 August 2000.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China