This painted clay figure likely comes from Astana, Xinjiang, in the far northwest of China. It reflects both the political reach of the Tang empire as it expanded into Central Asia and the influence of the West on the fashions of the time.
Probably from Astana, Xinjiang
[ Howard C. Hollis, Inc. , New York, until 1951; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celestial Steeds: A Celebration of the Year of the Horse," January 27, 2014–August 3, 2014.