Eastern Zhou dynasty, Warring States period (475–221 B.C.)
4th–3rd century B.C.
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
Gift of Enid A. Haupt, in honor of Philippe de Montebello, 1993
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
This figure is among the earliest Chinese representations of nomadic peoples on the northern frontier. Its identity is indicated by the short sword and belted jacket, a costume designed for an equestrian culture. The figure may have belonged to a larger assemblage. Judging from his posture and the position of his arms, it could have been a foot on the corner of a vessel or a lamp stand.