Stoneware painted with brown and black pigment over white slip under clear glaze (Cizhou ware)
H. 4 in. (10.2 cm); W. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm); L. 11 1/4 in. (28.6 cm)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1960
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Hobbyhorses appear in Chinese painting and decorative arts as early as the twelfth century. It is possible that this popular children’s toy, which is also sometimes cited as the precursor of the bicycle, was invented in China and spread from there to the Western world.
Marking: Zhang da jia zhen ("pillow of the great Zhang family")